PARAMUS — Police have arrested three young men accused of stealing thousands of dollars in high-end winter gear from a Ski Barn store along Route 17.
Around noon on Nov. 23, Paramus police got a call from a Ski Barn employee who reported that it appeared the same three men who pulled off a “hit and run” theft at the store a week earlier were back.
Police said in that incident about $12,000 worth of jackets and parkas — from labels Canada Goose and Moose Knuckles — were stolen.
T’kai Smokes-Davis NJ trio accused of shoplifting thousands in Ski Barn merch (Paramus Police, Bergen County Sheriff's Office) T’kai Smokes-Davis (Bergen County Sheriff's Office)
When officers arrived, 19-year-old T'kai Smokes-Davis, of West Orange, was arrested first, after police said he assaulted a store worker who tried to intervene.
NJ trio accused of shoplifting thousands in Ski Barn merch (Paramus Police, Bergen County Sheriff's Office) Nephihah Hamilton (Bergen County Sheriff's Office)
Nephihah Hamilton, a 20-year-old Newark resident, was spotted running along Route 17 northbound, until police from Paramus and Ridgewood caught up to him and arrested him.
Andrew Estrada Anthony Thulin Bergen County Sheriff's Office) Andrew Estrada (Bergen County Sheriff's Office)
Andrew Estrada, an 18-year-old Flanders resident who first gave police a phony name (Anthony Thulin) was seen running south along the highway and was arrested near a Panera restaurant.
While in custody, Smokes-Davis was linked to a previous theft involving 44 Michael Kors handbags from an Off Fifth Avenue Outlet store in Paramus.
Those bags were worth a collective value of $6,500. He was charged with an additional count of shoplifting.
All three men have been charged with second-degree counts of shoplifting, as well as resisting arrest — a disorderly persons offense.
Smokes-Davis also faced two counts of second-degree robbery, as well as possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose (brass knuckles).
Estrada was additionally charged with giving false information to a law enforcement officer.
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