Police: Ski Barn employees catch 3 men accused of stealing $12K in coats a week earlier

Paramus police say the shoplifting crew ran into the Ski Barn on Route 17 earlier this month and stole $12,000 worth of parkas and jackets.

News 12 Staff

Nov 29, 2022, 10:21 PM

Updated 601 days ago

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Police say three men are facing charges for stealing thousands of dollars' worth of high-end winter coats.
Paramus police say the shoplifting crew ran into the Ski Barn on Route 17 earlier this month and stole $12,000 worth of parkas and jackets. Police say they came back later to try to grab more coats and were caught by employees and police officers.
T’Kai Smokes-Davis, 19, Nephihah Hamilton, 20, and Andrew Estrada, 18, are facing charges. Police say that surveillance video shows all three in action on Nov. 16 grabbing the coats and then running outside to a waiting silver Acura.
Police say employees at Ski Barn were ready when the trio came back on Nov. 23.
“Once they enter the doors, the Ski Barn employees notice these are the same people in there a week ago,” says Deputy Chief Robert Guidetti. “The employees approach them. One of the employees gets assaulted. After the employee was assaulted, he grabbed the person to hold him down until the police officer arrived.”
Police say Hamilton and Estrada ran, but officers were able to track them down.
Authorities say that Ski Barn was the target because the store sells high-end brands like Canada Goose and Moose Knuckles. Those coats typically cost $600 to $1,200 each.
“So stealing over $12,000 in jackets, really you’re only stealing 12 jackets,” Guidetti says.
Authorities say that Smokes-Davis has been linked to another theft in Bergen County where he is accused of stealing $6,000 worth of handbags.
The three men are all facing similar charges, including robbery and shoplifting. They are being held in the Bergen County Jail.
Police say that the stolen jackets have not yet been recovered.


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