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Department: Prosecutor's Office

Press Release - Plea of Filoreta Bruncaj

Release Date: May 20, 2020

PRESS RELEASE

 

May 19, 2020

     Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch announced the entry of a guilty plea to two accusations before the Honorable Louis S. Sceusi, J.S.C., at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on May 18, 2020, by Filoreta Bruncaj.

     Bruncaj, age 40 of West Caldwell, pled guilty to two counts of Shoplifting, a third degree crime, and two counts of Shoplifting, a fourth degree crime.  Sentencing is presently anticipated for June 24, 2020.

     In pleading guilty, the defendant admitted that on December 26, 2019, she entered the Sparta Shoprite and purposely took items totaling $349.80 that were displayed for sale without the intent to pay for them and with the intent to permanently deprive Shoprite of those items.  She further admitted that on January 1, 2020, she again entered the Sparta Shoprite and purposely took items totaling $341.83 that were displayed for sale without the intent to pay for them and with the intent to permanently deprive Shoprite of those items.  Additionally, on January 25, 2020, she entered the Sparta Stop and Shop and purposely took items totaling $703.93 that were displayed for sale without the intent to pay for them and with the intent to permanently deprive Stop and Shop of those items.   Lastly, the defendant admitted that on January 15, 2020, she entered the Newton Shoprite and purposely took items totaling $871.50 that were displayed for sale without the intent to pay for them and with the intent to permanently deprive Shoprite of those items. 

     These cases were investigated by Patrolman Philip Longo and Detective Thomas Snyder of the Sparta Township Police Department and by Patrolman Jared Zappa and Detective Russell Post of the Newton Police Department. 

     Bruncaj was represented by Shaun Russell, Esq., and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Laura L. Nazzaro.

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