Man Arrested For Shoplifting & Possession

On March 6, 2011, Roselle Park Police were dispatched to the area of Williams Street for a report of a shoplifter. The suspected crime occurred at the Family Dollar Store (7 East Westfield Avenue). An employee observed the actor in the store and followed him out of the establishment and onto Williams Street. The subject was described as a male wearing blue jeans, a black jacket, and a skull cap.

As Patrolman James Kompany approached, he observed a subject fitting this description standing in the middle of the roadway. The male, Charles Byrd, age 40, of Roselle, NJ was wearing two (2) jackets and layers of other clothing.

A search revealed over 50 boxes of over-the-counter pain medication on his person. These boxes were in his jacket’s front pockets, jacket’s inside pockets, pants’ front pockets, pants’ back pockets, shirt sleeves, and pant legs. Byrd was placed under arrest. While in custody, additional boxes of medication were found in Byrd’s pants. In addition, a rolled up napkin was discovered in Byrd’s left sock. This napkin contained six (6) small white pills that were labeled suspected to be Alprazolam tablets (the generic form of xanax), a Schedule IV narcotic.

In total, 91 boxes of pain medication were found in Byrd’s possession. The total dollar amount of the medication recovered was $411. Byrd was charged with shoplifting 2C:20-11(c)(3), a 4th degree crime and possession of Schedule I, II, III, IV drugs 2C:35-10(a)(1), a 3rd degree crime.

Byrd was transported to Union County Jail in lieu of 10,000 bail pending a Superior Court Date of March 16, 2011.