NEW YORK (PIX11) — Since January, at least three people have had to make their way home with only one shoe. According to police, one suspect is targeting people in both Brooklyn and Queens, stealing single shoes directly off of their feet.
The first reported incident happened about 9 a.m. on Jan. 24 in front of a Utica Avenue home. Police said the man followed a woman into the residence and stole her right shoe once inside.
Around 11:05 a.m. on Feb. 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 sneaker 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 about 12:15 p.m. The same suspect approached a 24-year-old inside a Queens Boulevard store in Rego Park and stole their left shoe, police said. The victim said the suspect came up from behind, lifted up their leg and took off the shoe, describing it as “really creepy.”
“I know people have foot fetishes, but to go that far to steal shoes off people’s feet … I think something is wrong with him,” the victim — who wants to remain anonymous — told PIX11 News.
There have been no arrests and the investigation remained ongoing. Police on Thursday released a photo of the suspect.
Police initially said all the victims were women, but one victim is not.
Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).