NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - Floyd County investigators said they cracked an interstate theft case that involved nearly $400,000 worth of stolen tennis shoes.
William Robertson, 43, is in the Floyd County Jail facing at least three felony and two misdemeanor charges after Floyd County Sheriff's deputies arrested him this week.
Chief Wayne Kessinger said Robertson led a group that stole equipment and property in four Indiana counties, dumping some items in Louisville and selling others in Florida.
"A lot of this we're still looking at and contemplating interstate commerce charges, going federally with it," Kessinger said.
Robertson faces felony theft, burglary and battery charges, in addition to domestic battery and invasion of privacy misdemeanors.
Police arrested Robertson on Monday for an incident with his girlfriend and had enough evidence connecting him him to the theft cases to get a search warrant, Kessinger said.
Kessinger said Robertson may have had two to five people helping him, and additional charges are possible.
Investigators said the group stole a semi tractor in Martin County, Ind., then used it to steal trailers in southern Indiana. They took a trailer with an estimated $380,000 to 400,000 worth of tennis shoes from the Shoe Sensation warehouse in Jeffersonville.
Company officials said they had no comment about the case, even though investigators said they had found many of the New Balance, Converse and Sketchers shoes. Some had already been sold in Florida, Kessinger said.
Kessinger said Metro Police found a trailer in Louisville, and police had also recovered another trailer, semi tractor, and about $75,000 in concrete building material.
Robertson and at least one other person stole an ATM from a Sav-A-Step Food Mart in Greenville, Ind. on Christmas Day. Police found the machine in January and have connected it to the theft case, Kessinger said.
"We're ending up somewhere around $500,000 in vehicles and property that's been stolen," Kessinger said. He said the crimes date back to August, and he didn't rule out that previous thefts were also related to the same group.