Police search for serial sneaker thief in Brooklyn, Queens


NEW YORK (PIX11) — Since January, at least three people have had to go home with only one shoe. Police say a suspect is targeting people in Brooklyn and Queens, stealing plain shoes directly from their feet.

The first reported incident occurred around 9 a.m. on January 24 outside a house on Utica Avenue. Police say the man followed a woman into the residence and stole her right shoe once inside.

At around 11:05 a.m. on February 9, police said the man approached a 47-year-old woman at the Grand Army Plaza subway station in Park Slope. He removed the woman’s left shoe during the incident. Surveillance video obtained by PIX11 News showed the man jumping a turnstile with the sneaker in hand.

The last reported incident took place on May 24 at around 12:15 p.m. The same suspect approached a 24-year-old man inside a store on Queens Boulevard in Rego Park and stole his left shoe , police said. The victim said the suspect came from behind, lifted his leg and took off the shoe, describing it as “really scary”.

“I know people have foot fetishes, but to go that far to steal shoes off people’s feet…I think there’s something wrong with him,” the victim – who wishes to remain anonymous – told PIX11 News .

There have been no arrests and the investigation is still ongoing. Police released a photo of the suspect on Thursday.

Police initially said all of the victims were female, but one victim is not.

Submit information to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, by downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app or by texting 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).


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