Burglar's Tools & Anti Shoplifting Countermeasures
The New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice - Section
2C:5-5 Defines Burglar's Tools:
 The charge in summary
states that:
no person may use, possess or manufacture
any item or tool, designed or commonly used for
committing or facilitating any shoplifting or burglary
offense.  It is also illegal to manufacture or provide said
item to any person who he/she knows or should have
known that said other person will use it.  The crime of
possession of Burglars Tools in NJ also prohibits the
publishing of plans or instructions either on the web or on
paper dealing with the manufacture or use of any burglar
tools,  with the intent that such publication be used for
committing or facilitating any offense of shoplifting or

Penalties: In NJ the crime of Burglar Tools is a crime of
the fourth degree punishable by up to 18 months in jail plus
a fine if the defendant manufactured such instrument or
implements or published such plans or instructions;
otherwise it is a disorderly persons offense carrying a
sentence of up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000.00 fine.
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It is illegal to possess or use any item that
can aid in a shoplifting offense or render
less effective any anti shoplifting packaging
or devices.  
Device Examples: using or
possessing a
razor, box cutter or more sophisticated
devices such as demagnatizer bag or bar
code reader to print out a new price tag.

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Possession of Burglary Tools is a separate charge from
shoplifting but is generally charged with a shoplifting or theft offense.  This
means that you will face punishment for both offenses.  The majority of
people charged with possession of burglary tools got charged because
either they had a knife or box cutter on them at the time the shoplifting
offense occurred.  Don't worry, defenses do exist to a charge of
possession of burglary tools and we can help.   Attorney Aalsberg has a
98% success rate of helping clients win reduce or eliminate the penalties
they face.  Put the experience of over 8000 criminal and municipal court
matters to work for you.
A charge of Burglary Tools is a serious criminal
offense and can lead to jail.