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Shoe thief suspect nabbed in Newark

This photo provided by the Newark police department shows part of the evidence collected after the arrest of the alleged
This photo provided by the Newark police department shows part of the evidence collected after the arrest of the alleged "Shoe Burglar" Walter J. Rubincan who was arrested by Newark police Friday Jan. 29, 2010 on 25 counts of Burglary in the 2nd Degree, 77 counts of Theft, and 15 counts of Criminal Mischief. Police say the burglar searched the bedrooms and makes off with men's shoes and photographs of men. (AP Photo/Newark Del. Police Department) (Associated Press)

NEWARK, Del. (AP) — Newark Police have arrested a 46-year-old man they say is responsible for the theft of thousands of shoes after recovering much of the stolen property at the suspect's house.

Walter J. Rubincan of Newark was arrested Friday.

He is charged with 25 counts of second-degree burglary and 77 counts of theft. Police say he's been stealing shoes for about 20 years.

Police say they have recovered three truckloads of stolen property from Rubincan's house, including 150 boxes of shoes and photographs, eight guitars, a mandolin, eight snowboards and a surfboard.

Officers say of hundreds of shoes in duffel bags found along a creek in Elkton, Md., last weekend were also part of the shoe burglar's stash.

Rubincan is being held on $138,000 cash only bail.




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