PARAMUS, N.J. — Three people hailing from New York face charges of theft following a “rash of brazen daytime thefts” in the liquor department of Stew Leonard’s in Paramus.
On April 20, 54-year-old Richard Craig Caldwell, of Brooklyn; 60-year-old Yolanda Emergy of Yonkers; and Tonya Hanner, 53, of Mount Vernon were arrested and charged with theft of liquor. The three individuals are reportedly linked to numerous liquor thefts in the tri-state area.
According to Paramus Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg, more than 136 bottles of liquor worth north of $10,000 were stolen from the gourmet grocery store by the same trio of individuals in a less-than-two-week span between April 9 and 20th.
Paramus Police Detective Lieutenant John Devine identified a getaway vehicle and worked with security at Stew Leonard’s to positively identify the suspects.
On Monday, April 20, Paramus police officers were notified that the suspects had returned to the Paramus supermarket to pilfer more liquor bottles.
As the culprits attempted to drive away, the three officers pulled their vehicle over and arrested them. They are due in court at an undisclosed date.