Police nab taggers

Two men police said identified themselves as “taggers” were arrested Wednesday, Oct. 16, after police said they were seen trying to steal more than $1,300 worth of spray paint from Home Depot.

Police responded to the warehouse store at 541 Kings Highway Cutoff around 2:15 p.m. after security reported seeing a man carry items out of the store, and load them into a vehicle with New Jersey plates parked outside with the help of another man.

The man who waited outside the store was identified as 21-year-old John Marston of Demarest, N.J. Clifton Eddens, 19, of Tenafly, N.J., fled the scene toward King Highway Cutoff, store security told police.

Marston denied being involved in the theft, reportedly telling police it was all his companion’s doing, and he did not know the other man’s last name or cell phone number. A Home Depot employee said Marston was loading the stolen items into the Jeep.

Police found a wallet belonging to Eddens, containing multiple IDs, inside the vehicle.

Marston was taken into custody at the scene. Police obtained a cell phone number for Eddens, and a sergeant left a message on his voicemail.

While police were processing Marston at headquarters, Eddens called headquarters, telling police he was at the corner of Grassmere and Longview avenues and wanted to turn himself in.

The men told officers they stole the $1,305 worth of spray paint in Connecticut because it is kept under lock and key in New Jersey. They said they needed it to paint graffiti.

Marston and Eddens were both charged with fourth-degree larceny and conspiracy. Bond was $500 each for court Oct. 28.

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