Two guys walked into a store in the DeLand area June 26. One of them took a box containing a new pair of boots off a shelf, and he put the new boots on his feet. Then he dropped his old boots into the box and put it back on the shelf. 

The other guy, who walked in with the first one, distracted store employees while the boot thief walked out without paying. 

Then the second guy left the store, and he and the thief drove away in a passenger car. 

The stolen boots are valued at $168. 

I wonder if they can get the shoplifter’s DNA off his old boots and perhaps track him down that way. His toe jam might be his undoing. 


OFF THE BEAT is a collection of stories by Keith Allen, based on local police-agency reports. If you have information about a crime, call Crime Stoppers, 1-888-277-TIPS. You could be eligible for a reward.