An observant mom who noticed her son's stolen sneakers being worn by another teen helped authorities arrest a pair of suspects in a series of car burglaries.
The mom reportedly confronted the teen when she saw him wearing a pair of unique red and white Nike Lebron shoes that had been stolen out of her car the week before.
She reported the sighting to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office. When deputies arrived at the intersection of Melody Street and Neal Avenue shortly after her call, they found the 16-year-old suspect sitting in the mother's car.
"I don't know how she did it, but I'm sure she wasn't real polite about it," Sheriff's Spokeswoman Trish Carter said.
The teen, who is not being named because is under 18, reportedly confessed to deputies that he and his 19-year-old friend, Bryan Simon-Beins, had burglarized more than a dozen vehicles in the Chaparral Mesa area on the night of Feb. 8. The pair of expensive sneakers was stolen out of one of two cars that had their windows smashed in front of a home in the 3900 block of Nicole Avenue that night.
Deputies contacted Simon-Beins and following a consent search of his bedroom, reportedly recovered stolen items including a fuel card, a flashlight, three sets of wrenches, a black leather coat, a brown leather coat, a Kenwood stereo face plate, a white zip up sweater and a black beanie. Some of those items have been returned to the victims.
Simon-Beins and the teen are both charged with three counts of felony burglary.