A Miami Gardens man, who sometimes dresses as a woman to shoplift, is considering a growing list of charges after he was suspected of grand theft from Miami stores in Altamonte Springs, court records show.
According to multiple arrest reports, Jamarian Ashford Brooks, who turned 20 on Wednesday, entered a Bath and Body Works store in Pembroke Pines on June 25, 2021, with two women and stole scented candles and perfume.
He entered a Bath and Body Works store in Deerfield Beach with two suspected accomplices on July 5, 2021 and stole nearly $2,700 worth of scented candles and wallflower warmer scents.
The trio did it again at a Bath and Body Works store in Hollywood on July 14, 2021, stealing over $2,000 worth of candles and perfume.
On the same day, the group stole 31 bottles of tequila worth a total of $1,925 from a Total Wine store in Coral Springs.
Brooks and an alleged accomplice pepper sprayed and punched a 71-year-old employee to steal a $100 bottle of Hennessey and other items from a Walgreen’s in Pembroke Pines on July 25.
Two days later, Brooks and three alleged accomplices pepper sprayed and punched a Walgreen clerk to steal a bottle of Patron tequila from Davie.
Also on July 27, Brooks and the other suspects stole $225 worth of merchandise from a Hobby Lobby store in Davie, then pepper-sprayed and hit the manager’s head with a shopping cart before driving away. .
Brooks was arrested in Miami after shoplifting from a BJ wholesale warehouse, police said.
In most cases, surveillance video showed the suspects dressed in women’s clothing filling shopping bags and shopping carts with scented candles, perfumes and alcohol.
They would leave without paying and flee in different vehicles, at least one of which was allegedly stolen, police said.
Brooks is charged with multiple counts of grand larceny, armed robbery and assault on a person over 65.
He was taken to Broward County Jail on Wednesday, where he remains on bonds totaling $78,000, records show.