Police: Three Men Steal $3K in Baby Formula from Mahwah A&P, Punch Employee

The men led police on a car chase down Route 17 that ended in an accident, police say.

Guillaume-Sam, Alleyne, Watson. Credit: Mahwah PD.
Guillaume-Sam, Alleyne, Watson. Credit: Mahwah PD.

Three New York men were arrested Wednesday night after police said they stole $3,000 worth of baby formula from the Mahwah A&P, punched a supermarket employee in the face, and led cops on a chase down Route 17.

According to Mahwah Sgt. Mike Blondin, three men ran out of the A&P at about 7:20 p.m. Wednesday with a cart full of several different types of baby formula. When an employee tried to stop them, the men punched him in the face, and then got in their car and fled the scene, Blondin said.

Witnesses reported the vehicle to police, which patrolling Officer John Lange saw on Route 17 South several minutes later, Blondin said.

When Lange attempted to pull the car over, the men led cops on a chase down Route 17, police said. When the men attempted to cut police off near the Hollywood Avenue exit, they lost control of the car and hit a tree, Blondin said.

One man was arrested at the scene of the car accident, but the two others got out of the car and started running from cops on foot, he said.

Police called in back-up from multiple nearby agencies and K-9 units, who eventually located the men on the train tracks in Ho-Ho-Kus, Blondin said.

The two passengers, Jovan Milton Alleyne, 18, of Rosedale, Queens, and Linson Watson, 18, of Brooklyn, were charged with robbery, shoplifting, and assault, Blondin said.

The driver, Marvin Guillaume-Sam, 22, also of Rosedale, was additionally charged with eluding authorities, he said.

Guillaume-Sam and Watson have histories of narcotics and weapons arrests, police said.

According to Police Chief Jim Batelli, the three were remanded to the Bergen County Jail Thursday morning. Watson and Alleyne are being held on $75,000 bail, and Guillaume-Sam on $50,000, Batelli said. 

The A&P employee was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, N.Y. where he was treated for minor facial injuries, police said.

All of the baby formula recovered was returned to the A&P, however a lot of it was damaged in the car accident and likely will not be able to be sold, Blondin said.

According to cops, baby formula theft is fairly common in the area, as it can be resold to small convenience stores and bodegas in NYC for a fairly sizable profit.

mercedes January 16, 2014 at 07:43 AM
Idiots!!!!! Rot in jail!
mahwahwian January 16, 2014 at 08:09 AM
CVS robbed, A/P robbed that area of Mahwah is not safe. The only way to solve this is to build the mall. This will keep the bad guys out of town and out on the main road.
Regenbogen January 16, 2014 at 08:51 AM
There are robberies all over Mahwah and I certainly wouldn't call that particular area "unsafe". I recall Rio Vista had numerous robberies: is that an unsafe area?
William Hunt January 16, 2014 at 10:03 AM
Was waiting to see how long it would be before the first Chicken Little claimed the sky is falling ... What community is immune to crime like this? Unfortunately stuff like this happens everyday in all types of communities. Show me the correlation between shoplifting and the presence of a nearby shopping center.
Regenbogen January 16, 2014 at 10:31 AM
I hope the injured employee will be ok and his bravery recognized!!
mercedes January 16, 2014 at 12:09 PM
Mr. Hunt, The correlation is the nearby shopping center in our town will bring in riff-raff. Period the end.
Rocky January 16, 2014 at 12:10 PM
It's amazing how many savages that are arrested(like the mutants that killed the lawyer in the Short Hills Mall last month) have extensive records,keep in mind their rap sheet only indicates the times they've been caught and convicted and cannot take to account for all the stuff thye've done and never got arrested for. My question is why are they ever released? They are what they are and will never change. I see do gooders on TV saying (the U.S.)have the highest incarceration rate in the world, who cares? Use these thugs for medical and munitions experimentation instead of animals. These people are below animals, they are mutant thugs. I am glad the cops and A&P employees are OK but I wish the accident had a different outcome for the savages.
Richard SILAGYI January 16, 2014 at 01:08 PM
Great job by Mahwah's finest. Keep up the good work.
S. B. January 16, 2014 at 01:11 PM
That "part of Mahwah" is just fine. Unfortunately there will be situations wherever there are shops. Building a large mall will not stop the crime, it will just bring more of it to Mahwah. Thank goodness we have a good police force and I hope that employee gets a reward for going above and beyond.
mercedes January 16, 2014 at 01:59 PM
Rocky- GREAT comment!
Thunderbird Pride January 16, 2014 at 02:43 PM
The best way to stop crime from happening is to take measures to prevent it in the first place. Of course there will always be slimeballs who will commit crimes no matter what. But most crimes are done because of a good opportunity. Since I have not had to buy formula in many years I am not familiar with the way that A&P stocks it. I see in many stores that certain formulas are actually under lock and key and you need to get someone in the store to give you access (probably the more expensive formulas). I also have noticed in other stores that they do not put lots of formula on the shelves by the case. With the cost of formula going so high and it being one of the most stolen products (I think it is the second most stolen behind batteries), I think stores that sell it have had to change their sales practices to try and prevent things like this from happening. If someone can put $3000 of product into a shopping cart and you don't have security at the door, then I think the store needs to look at their security practices. I am by no means saying the store is at fault here. They were robbed by slimeballs. But I think this could be a lesson to them and maybe shows a lapse in their security that they can fix. If you take away the opportunity, many criminals simply move on and look for easier targets. Just like people who leave their keys in their car and then wonder why their car was stolen out of their driveway. Don't make it so easy and you are more than likely going to stop most crime from happening in the first place. Great job by Mahwah PD and great courage shown by the store employee. I hope the employee recovers from the injuries swiftly.
mahwahwian January 16, 2014 at 06:15 PM
in the last 3 or 4 months there has been an armed robbery and now a robbery with a violent assault. sounds like a nice place to visit
Regenbogen January 16, 2014 at 07:11 PM
May I suggest, mahwahwian, MOVING!
Think Twice January 16, 2014 at 07:20 PM
@mahwahwian, have you noticed that even though those 2 crimes happened in the same area, they were by people NOT from the area? How is that any indication of the safety of the neighborhood? Bravo to the Mahwah PD for catching these fools so quickly.
mercedes January 16, 2014 at 07:26 PM
Its those damn New Yorkers!
mahwahwian January 16, 2014 at 07:31 PM
everyone has a right to their opinion and I don't plan on moving, but there seems to be a lot of crime in that area as well as Rio Vista so I am avoiding both.
Mahwah Resident January 16, 2014 at 09:14 PM
Mahwahwian did you know crime can happen in YOUR part of Mahwah also? You shouldn't talk about other neighborhoods when it CAN happen to yours. No neighborhood is perfect!
Andy Schmidt January 17, 2014 at 09:46 AM
Just from my (imperfect) memory it seems to me as if in the last few years most of the major crimes, or indictments handed down, were involving people living in "posh" towns and neighborhoods - from mortgage fraud, bribery, insurance fraud, prescription fraud, Ponzi schemes - even deadly force. If I was worried about my neighbors being criminal elements - that would be the more likely place to look than middle-class families where often two working parents decided to make an HONEST living. Naturally, any business near state-lines with close access to major highways going into four different directions are attractive to out-of-towners - as they promise successful get-aways. I don't think it's a reflection on people living in proximity of these stores?
mah_wah January 17, 2014 at 11:45 PM
Hey mahwahwian - how could building the mall possibly defer crime? I'm not going to say whether I am for or against it, but it wouldn't make sense to say that building a mall would "keep the bad guys out of town." It would be right off of 287/87 and any scumbags like these guys could easily rob the stores or cause some chaos and flee in any direction. Would that be a section of town to avoid, too? Also, there are crimes that have occurred in ALL parts of town whether you would like to believe it or not. Just West Mahwah/Rio Vista are not the only places where things happen. Cragmere has had its share of unsolved robberies, Fardale has had stolen cars and invasions, and the condos near Ridge Road have had cars broken into and stolen. I guess in your case, avoid all of Mahwah then? Good luck.
mah_wah January 17, 2014 at 11:48 PM
Also, great job by the MPD. Their work is commendable.
Gottardo DiGiacopo January 19, 2014 at 08:56 AM
Michael, Merc, Rock, others, respectfully I think anger is fine as long as it passes thru us as a means to a safer end... otherwise it's more like a disease. it's strange to me how everyone feels compelled to have 'the answer' for these situations that can only at best inspire in us better questions. i can't imagine more prisons and public executions making things better... and i wonder how different the calls for forever incarceration, medical experimentation and death would be if those mug shots looked different?
JoeRobertson January 28, 2014 at 10:23 AM
Oh Mahwahwain, you ain't seen nuthin' yet. Just wait until your beloved mall is built. It's going to attract crime to the area like bees to honey. All you need to do is read up on Paramus's crime stats. Most of it is because of the malls. Enjoy your crime! I sold my house in Mahwah last year, because I saw the writing on the wall. I knew this monstrosity had been rubber stamped. Enjoy your traffic and sky high crime that the mall will bring in!
Regenbogen January 28, 2014 at 11:08 AM
Mr. Robertson, I hope your living it up in NeverNever Land!!


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