Three arrested in connection with interstate luxury car theft ring

NEWARK, NJ – Three men who allegedly stole and conspired to steal luxury cars throughout New York and New Jersey, were arrested, the US Attorney’s Office in Newark, NJ reported.

The men entered the Town of Clarkstown on eight occasions from July through September 2019. They stole six vehicles and attempted to steal several others, it is alleged.

On one occasion, they stole two cars from owners’ driveways in New City, then purposely crashed one of them – a Maserati – head on into a police car before the suspects fled in another stolen car.

The charges of interstate transportation of stolen vehicles and receipt of stolen vehicles are both punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The cars stolen by the men have an estimated total value of at least $1.5 million, authorities said.

Charged with conspiring to transport stolen vehicles in interstate commerce are Malik Baker, 26, also known as “Smack,” and “Mu,” of Vauxhill, New Jersey; and Hakeem Smith, 29, also known as “B.A.,” and “Hak,” and Nafique Goodwyn, 26, both of Newark.

Baker and Smith were also charged with conspiring to receive stolen vehicles and one count of receiving a stolen vehicle that had crossed state lines after being stolen. Smith was also charged with transporting a stolen vehicle across state lines.

Goodwyn was arraigned and will be released on $100,000 bond with home detention. Baker and Smith are currently detained on unrelated charges.

 



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