These egghead crooks didn’t plan on crossing paths with a sneakerhead-turned-cop.
Two suspected burglars were arrested this past Wednesday in Springfield, Massachusetts, when local authorities were able to match a footprint at the scene of the crime to a pair of Air Jordan sneakers one of the suspects was wearing.
Emmanuel Velazquez-Garcia and Lyndsay Paquette are accused of breaking into a South End apartment in Springfield, Massachusetts, early Wednesday morning.
According to authorities, officers patrolling the area spotted Garcia and Paquette trying to hide from them in the darkness of the night. Suspecting the two were up to something by their strange behavior, the officers stopped to question them when a 9-1-1 call came in about an apartment that had just been burglarized up the street. The officers stayed with Garcia and Paquette for questioning while another team went to investigate.
Springfield Police Sergeant John Delaney reports that an officer at the scene of the crime was able to determine that the burglars forced their way into the apartment by kicking the front door in. Taking it a step further, the officer narrowed the footprint down to that left by a pair of Air Jordan’s.
A call was put in to the officers up the street questioning Garcia and Paquette to see if one of them was wearing one of Michael Jordan’s signature sneakers and sure enough, Garcia was. His sneakers were brought to the apartment where officers quickly matched the footprint of his shoe to the one left on the door.
They were both hauled into the station for further questioning, where cops found both of them to be in possession of stolen credit cards and ID’s. Paquette was also found with a screwdriver, a razor blade and a syringe hidden inside her bra.