HACKENSACK — Authorities have downgraded the recent shoplifting charge against the former mayor of Bogota, who was accused of shoplifting from a Hackensack Stop & Shop, to a disorderly persons offense, The Record reported.
Tito Jackson, Jr., who still serves as the Bogota’s emergency management coordinator, and his attorney, Nancy Lucianna, have denied that he stole from the supermarket, the newspaper reported.
Jackson was charged on Aug. 11 with shoplifting after he allegedly left a Stop & Shop without paying for more than $400 worth of groceries in his cart, the newspaper previously reported.
A police report of the incident obtained by the newspaper indicated that Jackson used a hand-held scanner provided by the store to record $237.71 worth of items for which he paid. However, he allegedly had another 57 items worth $433.59 in his shopping cart as he left the store, the newspaper reported.
As reported by NJ Advance Media, Jackson, who lost his recent bid for reelection, had a rough campaign season last year. During the 2014 primary, he was punched in the face by Salvatore Trotta, the 80-year-old father of opposition candidate Tina Trotta. Several months later, Jackson alleged that Councilman Evaristo Burdiez Jr. slapped him during a closed session budget hearing.