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Pair Arrested Sunday Afternoon for Shoplifting at Target

Fairfield (NJ) – The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrests of Tracy Scafidi, (41), of Dover, N.J., and Gary Savage, (36), of Hopatcong, N.J. for shoplifting on March 3, 2024.  On that date at approximately 4:01 pm, officers were dispatched to Target on a report that security was monitoring two individuals in the store they had recognized from past shopliftings.


Chief Anthony Manna, Sergeant Ian Rasmussen, and Officers Vincent Purcell, Cory Perrette and Kevin Chen all responded to the store.  It is alleged that Scafidi had placed twelve cases of Red Bull energy drinks and several other miscellaneous items in her cart.  Savage is alleged to have placed eight cases of Red Bull energy drinks in his cart. The total value shoplifted was $479.08.


Scafidi then walked passed all points of sale and exited the store with the merchandise through the doors closest to Little Falls Road where she was placed under arrest.  Savage walked passed all points of sale and exited the store through the doors closest to Route 46 East.  It is further alleged that prior to exiting the store, Savage, noticed law enforcement and left his cart inside.  He was placed under arrest at this time.


Both were searched and found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia.  They were transported to headquarters for processing where both were charged with shoplifting, conspiracy and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Scafidi was later transported to a local hospital for medical treatment prior to being admitted into the Essex County Jail.  Savage was transported directly to the Essex County Jail.  Both will be lodged there pending their first appearance.



(Charges are merely allegations until the defendantsare proven guilty or plead guilty in a court of law).


Issued by: Officer Stacy Chiarolanza (PIO)

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