Police track down shoe thief who ran out of Kohl’s in stolen Nikes

Robert Gibson

Lady Lake police have tracked down a suspected shoe thief who allegedly ran out of Kohl’s in a pair of stolen Nikes.

A warrant was issued earlier this week for 40-year-old Robert Gibson of Weirsdale who was already lodged at the Marion County Jail on unrelated charges of driving while license suspended and failure to register a motor vehicle.

Security camera footage from Kohl’s at Lady Lake Crossing helped police track down Gibson, who had entered the store on the afternoon of Nov. 22 and selected a pair of black Nike shoes, according to an arrest report from the Lady Lake Police Department.

A female loss prevention officer confronted Gibson when he left the store wearing the shoes, valued at $85. He walked to an older model black pickup and drove away. The loss prevention officer took down the license plate number of the vehicle.

When the loss prevention officer returned to the store, she found an old blue pair of Fila tennis shoes in the box from which the new Nikes had been removed.

Gibson is facing a charge of retail theft.