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Sep 14, 2021

Two Serial Shoplifters Arrested for Stealing from Target and Home Depot

On Sept. 9 at approximately 4 pm, the Stafford Township Police Department’s Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) was conducting surveillance on two known serial shoplifters who were reported by multiple Home Depots in Ocean and Monmouth County for shoplifting during the course of this day.

The DEU was able to locate two suspects driving a Black KIA Soul matching the description of the suspects. While conducting surveillance, the DEU was able to confirm the identity of the suspects as Ronald Schimbauer, 50, of Toms River, and Ronald Eckert, 48, of South Toms River.

During this surveillance, Schimbauer and Eckert were observed shoplifting at the Kohl’s and Target department stores in Stafford Township.

As Schimbauer was observed exiting Target, the DEU approached him and attempted to arrest him for shoplifting. At this time, Schimbauer tried to run from the detectives, but was subdued in the parking lot after a brief chase.

As the DEU was arresting Schimbauer, Eckert, who was driving the Kia Soul, fled from the parking lot, but was stopped by marked police units and was arrested without incident on Route 72 near Stafford Park Boulevard.

Schimbauer was charged with multiple counts of shoplifting, criminal attempt to shoplift, and resisting arrest. The total amount of items he shoplifted on this day was more than $2,500.

After processing, Schimbauer was transported to Ocean County Jail in lieu of his charges, and additional charges are pending.

Eckert was charged with possession of CDS crack/cocaine, possession of CDS paraphernalia, and multiple counts of conspiracy to commit shoplifting. He also received traffic summonses for driving while suspended, operation of a motor vehicle while possession of a CDS narcotic, and multiple other motor vehicle summonses.

After processing, Eckert was released on a criminal complaint summons pending a future court appearance.

The KIA Soul Eckert was driving was seized by the DEU.

Police say shoplifting and drug-related offenses are related due to the fact that shoplifting leads to the black market sales of the stolen items, and in turn is used to buy, possess and sell narcotics.