Residents of Henrico County, Virginia, have been puzzled by a trend of women’s shoes being nabbed from their front porches only to be returned later. Police have discovered that not only is the culprit a local teacher, but that he had been returning his stolen loot having already filled them with bodily fluids.
Kenneth Johnson III, a Varina High School math teacher, turned himself in after authorities linked him to four separate cases of stolen shoes. He is facing four counts of unlawful removal of property, four counts of destruction of property, two counts of attempted larceny and one count of larceny, Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.
Johnson is accused of nabbing women’s shoes that been placed outside of their homes overnight then return them after a number of days. Henrico County Police discovered biological residue in some of the returned shoes. Authorities disclose that the material gives them reason to believe that Johnson’s crimes can be described as sexual.
The confirmed cases in Johnson’s crime spree began in Sept. 2015, Fox News reports.
Police had been investigating the string of robberies when one victim, whose name has not been released, reported that she caught Johnson trying to steal her running shoes. She alleges that when she confronted Johnson, he responded by sniffing her shoes and telling her that he loved their scent, WTVR reports.
Henrico County Police believe that there may be victims and have asked the public to alert them about any potential cases.
A Henrico judge denied Johnson bond during a Dec. 7 hearing, but the suspect appealed and was released on the same day. He has until Feb. 1 to find a lawyer or have one appointed to him.
Varina High School has placed Johnson on administrative leave, Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.