Police charge James Copeland with shoplifting $18K worth of jewelry

The Washington, D.C. man identified in surveillance photo, officials say.

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. - A surveillance photo led authorities to a Washington, D.C. man in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from a Hunterdon County jewelry store.

County officials said 61-year-old James Copeland was arrested Tuesday on a shoplifting charge.

On March 18, a man entered a Lambertville jewelry store and stole $18,000 worth of jewelry, police said.

The store had video surveillance video that showed the man taking the merchandise.

WFMZ's partner station, WPVI in Philadelphia, aired the video during a newscast, and a viewer identified the suspect as Copeland, police said.

Copeland is in the Hunterdon County Jail awaiting a court appearance.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-321-0010 or by going to, or text messaging "HCTIPS" plus your tip message to 274637 (CRIMES).

Tipsters can also download the free mobile app "Tipsubmit" and select Hunterdon County to submit anonymous tips via text messaging.

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