Somerville, NJ – Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, Bound Brook Chief of Police Vito Bet and Bridgewater Township Chief of Police Al Nicaretta announced the arrest of Brian M. Sivetz, age 26, of West Main Street, Bound Brook, New Jersey.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that detectives have identified the individual responsible for last week’s Shop Rite robbery as Brian M. Sivetz.
On August 1st at approximately 9:28 a.m. Bound Brook Police responded to a report of a robbery at the Shop Rite located on West Union Avenue. Officers were advised by employees that a white male approached a cashier and after stating that he had a weapon he demanded money from the cash register. The cashier gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of currency and the suspect exited the store and drove away in a dark colored sedan.
The investigation conducted by detectives from the Bound Brook and Bridgewater Police departments in conjunction with detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s office has also revealed that on the same morning of the Shop Rite robbery, at approximately 8:51 a.m. defendant Sivetz went to the Target located in the Bridgewater Promenade. Once inside the store he handed a cashier a note that stated he had a gun. As he reached over the checkout counter, he attempted to grab currency from the cash register drawer. The employee closed the drawer on the defendant’s hands preventing him from taking any monies. The defendant ran out of the store and fled the area in a dark colored sedan.
On August 4, 2017, defendant Sivetz went to the Macy’s department store, located in the Bridgewater Commons Mall, and shoplifted five clothing items having a cash value of $280.50.
On August 5, 2017, defendant Sivetz returned to Macy’s and attempted to return the shoplifted clothing items. When advised by a store manager that they would not accept the returns without a proof of purchase defendant Sivetz walked away with the clothing items. Before exiting the store, the defendant grabbed two men’s shirts and two men’s dress ties off a display rack and put the items in a Macy’s shopping bag that contained the other shoplifted items.
After exiting the store, the defendant began to walk towards his parked vehicle. A store employee, who was monitoring the attempted return via a security camera, approached the defendant and identified himself as an Asset Protection associate. A struggle ensued as the associate attempted to prevent the defendant from leaving before the Bridgewater police arrived. The defendant dropped the shopping bag containing the stolen items and fled the area in a dark sedan.
Early Sunday morning, August 6, 2017, detectives arrested defendant Sivetz at his West Main Street residence. He was processed and lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.
Sivetz was charged with 2 counts of 1st degree, robbery, and 1 count of 4th degree, shoplifting.
We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.