HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A Henrico judge has granted bond for Kenneth Johnson III, the Varina school math teacher accused of stealing shoes from the front porches of homes along Monument Avenue. After stealing the shoes, Johnson would return them with bodily fluid left inside, according to Henrico Police. Police would not specify the fluids, but said it was not fecal in nature.
Earlier Monday a Henrico judge denied bond for the high school teacher, but he was released hours later after a bail appeal.
Neither Johnson's wife nor other family members appeared in court for his hearing early Monday. Johnson appeared via web cam and told the judge he had not been able to reach his family since weekend arrest. The Varina High School teacher said he needed to reach them to help him hire a lawyer. The judge gave Johnson until February 1 to either hire a lawyer or have one appointed to him.
CBS 6 reporter Jon Burkett reached out to Johnson's wife, but she had no comment on the situation.
Henrico Police said officers started to look seriously at the shoe thefts when one woman reported her shoes stolen twice from outside her home.
One woman told CBS 6 reporter Melissa Hipolit she actually confronted Johnson when she drove up to her home and found him walking away with her running shoes. When she asked him what he was doing, and he told her he loved the smell of her shoes before sniffing them in front of her. In an email sent to the area’s neighborhood watch group, another victim said she found a note in her shoe.
The note stated the suspect was “a married man and his wife’s shoes did not have a smell and he liked performing perverted activity in the shoes and then returning them.”
Police looking for victims
During the investigation, Henrico Police obtained information which leads them to believe there are potentially more victims related to these incidents. They are asking for the public's assistance identifying and locating more potential victims.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact Detective Duane Stone at (804) 501-7176 or Henrico Police at (804) 501-5000.