SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ–Township Police announced the arrest of Nygeria Dixon, a 24-year-old mother from New Brunswick, on charges she used her 4-year-old daughter to help her steal a wallet from another customer in the Target store on Route 1.
Dixon has been charged with one count of theft and two counts of child endangerment in the incident, which occurred in January.
"The victim had placed her wallet in the top of the shopping cart and was looking at greeting cards. Nygeria Dixon grabbed the cart and dragged it into the main aisle of the store," reads the announcement from SBPD, sent over their Nixle alert system.
"Dixon then had her 4 year old daughter go back to the cart and take a Louis Vuitton Clutch wallet. The child then walks down the aisle and Dixon takes the wallet from her."
The victim's credit cards were used minutes later at the Quaker Bridge Mall, according to police. SBPD Detectives shared images of the suspect with the media, leading to "more than a dozen phone calls, some even from other States."
"It is the partnership between the community and police that led to this arrest," said SBPD Chief Raymond Hayducka.
"The phone calls helped police not only track down Dixon, but the other woman seen in the surveillance as well as the vehicle they left in."
The second woman was not charged with any crime, according to police. The vehicle they drove away in was totaled in a motor vehicle crash a week later, the statement said.
Dixon was sent to the Middlesex County Jail on $120,000 bail, set by Judge Spero Kalambakas.
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