Off-Duty New Jersey Cop Convicted of Shop Lifting

Freehold Township cop faces up to 18 months in prison for lifting flooring from Home Depot

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    Jurors in Monmouth County have convicted a New Jersey police officer of shoplifting flooring from a Home Depot while he was off duty.

    Darnell Esdaile must forfeit his job as a patrolman with the Freehold Police Department, where he has worked since 1996. He earned $99,402 a year.

    Prosecutors say the 46-year-old was arrested after he left the store in neighboring Freehold Township without paying for laminate flooring valued at less than $500 in 2010.

    Prosecutors say the police officer used a receipt from a previous purchase to claim he had paid for the material.

    Esdaile faces up to 18 months in prison when he's sentenced in September