Teens assaulted in Delaware sneaker thefts

BEAR, Del. - April 29, 2014

Police says in some cases sneakers costing between $160 and $275 were stolen.

In two cases, police say the owners were robbed after trying to sell the sneakers on a social media site.

The first incident occurred on March 28th at Weiss Park.

The 13-year-old victim told the suspects tackled him from behind, removed his sneakers, and then fled on foot.

Then on April 23rd, New Castle County Police responded to Weiss Park once again for the report of a robbery of sneakers.

Officers arrived on scene and spoke with the 15-year-old victim and his mother. They learned the victim had been assaulted by two teens who had removed his Nike sneakers and then fled.

Officers were able to identify the two suspects and return the stolen sneakers to the victim.

A 15-year-old suspect was arrested a short time after the incident, while a 16-year-old suspect was taken into custody without incident last Friday, April 25th

Both teens in this robbery have been charged with robbery in the second degree and conspiracy in the second degree.

Also on Friday, officers responded to the unit block of Catherine Court for the report of a theft.

The investigating officer learned the victims responded to the area to meet with an unknown person they communicated with online in reference to purchasing a pair of Nike sneakers.

The victims reported two males met them at the predetermined location.

The victims said one of the suspects asked to use a cellphone and moments later both suspects fled the area on foot with the victim's cellphone and sneakers.

The victims managed to chase after the suspects at which time a struggle ensued.

One of the victims was struck in the face and the suspects fled in a dark sedan.

The victim was transported to a medical facility by a parent, where he was later treated and released.

Also on that same day, at approximately 2:15 p.m., a similar incident was reported to the police.

The victim responded to the area of Martin Drive and Robert Oakes Drive after agreeing to meet with an unknown man regarding the sale of a pair of sneakers online.

As the suspects distracted the victim, police say they fled on foot with his Nike sneakers.

The victim was not injured in this incident.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to call the New Castle County Police Department at (302) 395-8110.

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