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Police seek sole suspect in shoe theft

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Fredericksburg police are looking for a man accused of breaking into his friend’s home Monday and stealing more than $2,000 worth of shoes.

Lawrence Brown, 31, of no fixed address is charged with burglary and grand larceny, city police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said.

According to Bledsoe, a home in the 1200 block of Townsend Boulevard was broken into Monday between 9 and 11 a.m. The 25-year-old resident returned home and found a window screen cut on his ground-floor apartment.

He looked around and discovered that all of his shoes were gone, including high-end Nikes and Air Jordans.

The victim talked to a neighbor who reported seeing someone coming from the apartment that morning carrying a box full of shoes. The neighbor thought that was unusual and made a mental note of the man carrying the box, police said.

The victim recognized the description as a friend of his who had recently been in the apartment. The victim tracked down the suspect in the Olde Greenwich area and saw one of his shoes in the suspect’s car.

He later told police that when he confronted the suspect, he ran away. The victim then contacted police.

Police showed the victim a picture of Brown. The victim recognized Brown but noted that he was not wearing dreadlocks anymore.

Officer Dan Finn went to a magistrate and obtained warrants, but Brown has not been apprehended. Bledsoe said Brown was already wanted for a probation violation in the city and on grand larceny charges in another jurisdiction.

Anyone with information about Brown’s whereabouts is asked to call city police at 373-3122.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404


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