A burglar in Hempstead Village was taken down Monday by the blue sneakers he stole and the red underwear he wore, police said.
Taykim Ross, 18, of Hempstead Village, took $200, electronics and Air Jordan sneakers from one of two apartments in a Long Beach Road house, but instead of sneaking away, he stayed in the backyard to try on the shoes, valued at $150, said Hempstead Village Officer Russell Harris, who took the burglary report.
"I guess he wanted to see if they fit, if they were worth taking," Harris said.DataLI crime stats
At that moment, about 10:30 a.m., a neighbor in the other apartment snapped a shot of the suspect with one blue shoe on and one black, police said.
The neighbor called the victim, who was at work, police said.
The photo caught it all -- especially the bright red boxer shorts visible above the burglar's low-hanging jeans.
Armed with the photo on his cellphone, Harris said he was returning to the victim's house after a fruitless canvass of the area when he spotted something in his rear view mirror.
"I just noticed someone bending over putting garbage down," Harris said, "and I saw the bright red underwear."
He said he looked down at the cellphone photo, then looked up -- an "exact match."
"You've been doing a little shopping today?" Harris recalled saying to the suspect.
He said the young man replied, "What are you talking about?"
"Picked up a pair of sneakers," Harris said he hinted. "We got you in a photo."
Ross, of 196 Long Beach Rd., was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on second-degree burglary.
All the stolen items were recovered, including the electronics, a handheld game he had already sold at a corner deli, police said.
When Ross was caught, he was taking out the trash for an elderly neighbor, police said.
"He helps him on a regular basis, from what I understand," Harris said.
Harris, a 10-year veteran, said the red boxer shorts got the suspect in the end.
But the officer said luck was involved too, from the photo to the moment Ross took out the trash:
"Everything lined up in timing."