Yearbook picture, purple sock lead to tequila theft arrest

Dec. 5, 2013 at 3:33 PM   |   Comments

EVERETT, Wash., Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Police in Washington state said a shoplifting suspect wearing one purple sock was identified by a store worker who recognized him from a high school yearbook.

Investigators said the 23-year-old, 367-pound man and a woman took $61 worth of tequila from a Safeway grocery store in Everett Tuesday night and workers said the man was shoeless and wearing mismatched socks, one of which was purple, The Herald, Everett, reported Thursday.

Surveillance footage of the incident was reviewed and another employee told police he believed the man had been a classmate at Everett High School. The worker, who couldn't remember the man's name, retrieved a yearbook and was able to show police the suspect's name and photo.

Everett police spokesman Aaron Snell said the man, whose name was not released, was arrested at his home around 1 a.m. Wednesday.

"One of the telling factors was the purple sock in this case," Snell said. "He changed everything but his socks."

The man was arrested on suspicion of second degree robbery. Police said they were still seeking the female suspect.

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