Seattle police have arrested a 15-year-old boy suspected of robbing people of high-end sneakers after meeting them through Craigslist.
Seattle police say they have arrested a 15-year-old boy suspected of robbing people of high-end sneakers after meeting them through Craigslist.
Police have linked the teen to three armed robberies since Dec. 20, including one in which a gunshot was fired.
In the first robbery, the teen answered an ad on Craigslist offering high-end basketball shoes for sale, according to police. When the seller arrived in the 6700 block of 28th Avenue South, the teen pulled out a handgun and took the shoes and other items before running away, police said.
On Jan. 20, a person intending to sell an $800 pair of sneakers met up with the teen in the 7000 block of 32nd Avenue South. However, the teen grabbed the sneakers and ran away, police said.
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The seller chased the teen, but the 15-year-old turned and fired a single shot in the air, police said. The seller stopped and called 911.
In the third case, a man intending to sell three pairs of Air Jordan basketball shoes on Craigslist agreed to meet the teen in the 7000 block of 32nd Avenue South, although police did not indicate the date.
Police say the teen spoke to the seller for a minute, before a second individual approached carrying an “Uzi-type firearm.” The teen and the armed individual took the three pairs of shoes and ran off, police said.
Detectives arrested the 15-year-old Tuesday afternoon at his school.
Detectives interviewed the boy, who admitted to “wheeling and dealing” with shoes, police said. Detectives served a search warrant at his home and recovered numerous items linked to the robberies, according to police.