CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A Chesterfield teenager was robbed of his shoes walking home from his school bus stop. Chesterfield Police are investigating the Monday afternoon armed robbery near Squire Hill Court. Fourteen-year-old Jaylen Whitaker, a student at Meadowbrook High School, said he was almost home when a car pulled up and a man jumped out.
"He had the gun pointed at my shoes," Whitaker said. "After I took off my sneakers one of the guys hit me."
Whitaker said the man, who wasn’t alone, demanded his sneakers and his chain. Police said the two robbers then took off in a vehicle described as a gold, 4-door sedan, possibly an older-model Toyota Camry.
“I was devastated and scared to death,” Whitaker’s mom, Starletta Holt, said. She said she believed her son was targeted for his expensive Air Jordans.
“They can rob their shoes, take their shoes, take it in there, and get an easy $60, $80,” Holt said.
Holt is talking about a Richmond shoe trading store called Wavy Kickz. Holt and Whitaker said they located the stolen shoes on the store’s Instagram account.
“I noticed because the string is coming out right there,” Whitaker said while pointing out the photo on Instagram.
Police could not confirm Whitaker’s shoes ended up at the store, but an assistant manager at Wavy Kickz said police were there Tuesday morning and requested security video of the person who brought in those particular shoes.
“Each time the police come we always catch the person that brought the shoe in,” assistant manager Reggie Douglas said.
Douglas said police are in the store multiple times a week looking for stolen shoes. He said the store scans the ID of everyone who sells shoes. The store also features multiple security cameras. Douglas said anybody who steals shoes and brings them to the store will be caught.
“Yeah, it’s fair to say. That’s pretty stupid,” Douglas said.
The owner at Wavy Kickz also told CBS 6 he feels terrible about what happened to Whitaker, and he will personally reimburse him for the shoes.