Former NFL player accused of shoplifting items at store

Former NFL star Josh Bynes has been charged with shoplifting and assault in the robbery of a New Jersey store in February.

Bynes was charged with first-degree assault in that incident and second-degree robbery.

The New Jersey State Police said Bynes and two accomplices robbed the Crown Jewel Jewelers store on Route 11 in Newark and took items including jewelry, watches and other items worth more than $500,000.

A New Jersey state trooper saw Bynes leave the store and reported him to authorities, according to NJ Advance Media.

Bynes, 26, was later arrested and released from the Morris County Jail, where he has been held since February 11.

Bidders had to pay a $3,000 fine for the shoplifting, which is punishable by up to five years in prison.

The incident occurred in the early morning hours of February 13 when Bynes was spotted driving a silver SUV near the corner of Route 9 and Route 19 in Newark.

Bynens’ attorney, Joseph Cacciapu, told NJ Advance a bail hearing was set for February 14 at the Morris District Court.