On March 15, 2023, an Atlantic County jury convicted Darlene Garrison, 50 of Atlantic City of third-degree receiving stolen property. The guilty verdict came after a two-day trial before the Honorable Dorothy Garrabrant, J.S.C.
On May 31, 2020, Atlantic City Police were addressing looting, property damage, and rioting in the city.
Following reports of a large group breaking into the Rent-A-Center store, police responded and found the defendant in her motor vehicle behind the store, with a large safe and television inside.
The investigation confirmed that both items had been stolen from that location. The jury found Garrison guilty of theft by possessing the safe and television, and knowing each to be stolen.
The jury was deadlocked on the fourth-degree charge of rioting.
Sentencing is scheduled for April 21, 2023 and Garrison faces a term of probation and a maximum of three to five years in state prison.
In the summer of 2020, following an extensive investigation by ACPD, approximately 80 individuals were charged in connection with committing crimes and/or disorderly offenses during the unrest on May 31, 2020. Nearly all of the cases have been resolved by way of guilty pleas.