Theft of Size 13 Gym Shoes Results in Multiple Charges

The following information was supplied by the Geneva Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Geneva police arrested Robert Wilson, 53, of Aurora on charges of retail theft and unlawful possession of a theft-detection device around 2:01 p.m. Oct. 5 following a theft from the Sports Authority, 1777 S. Randall Road, reports said.

Geneva police responded to a report from Tri-Com dispatch that a witness was following a male offender leaving the scene in a maroon Chevrolet Caprice. TriCom advised that the subject, later identified as Wilson, had taken a pair of Nike gym shoes, concealed them under his leather jacket and exited the store without paying.

Officers saw a maroon Caprice leaving the parking lot of Sports Authority and initiated a traffic stop. Police found Size 13 wrestling shoes in the back seat and a pair of wire cutters in Wilson’s front pants pocket.

A female passenger in the car, later identified as Danessa Swafford, 42, of St. Charles, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. After checking Wilson’s criminal history, officers also arrested Wilson for unlawful possession of a theft detection device. 


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