Pseudonyms, shoes and the LetGo app: Sneaker thief charged in Stafford


STAFFORD, Va. (WRIC) — An 18-year old from Stafford was arrested on Wednesday after crashing his car into a tree as he allegedly tried to make off with boxes of Air Jordan sneakers from a man selling the shoes on the LetGo app.   

A Stafford County deputy responded to the area of Jefferson Davis Highway and Merryview Drive for the report of a crash and possible robbery on August 15.

According to the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, the deputy arrived on the scene and located a man, suffering from a severe laceration on his knee, standing next to a vehicle off the side of the road. 

The man explained to the deputy that he was attempting to sell two boxes of Air Jordan sneakers on the LetGo app to another man, identified as Sydney Marcell Fisher, who then tried to take off with the shoes. 

When EMS personnel arrived, the deputy stopped assisting the man’s injuries and began speaking with Fisher. 

Fisher denied trying to steal the man’s shoes, claiming that after agreeing to the price of $300, he went over to his vehicle to get money when he was approached by the man. Fisher reportedly told the deputy that the man had attempted to enter his car, forcing him to drive away.

Fisher said that the man held onto the door as he was driving, which caused him to crash into the tree. 

The contrast in the two stories forced the deputy to speak with the other man. He told the Stafford County deputy that Fisher asked to meet him close to his residence for an agreed price of $300. 

The man claims that Fisher only had $80, but was going to get the rest from his car. Fisher apparently had the shoes in his possession when he went to his car and began to drive away. This prompted the victim to grab onto Fisher’s steering wheel. Fisher’s vehicle then swerved off the road and rammed into a tree.  

At the hospital, the victim showed the deputy messages from Fisher, whose name on the app was shown as Mark Jamison. Fisher eventually told the deputy that he used the name Mark Jamison as a pseudonym.  

Fisher was detained on August 15 on charges of petit larceny and reckless driving.

On the same day, another deputy from Stafford County responded to a larceny complaint at Town Square Circle.

The victim told the deputy that a Mark Jamison had taken two pairs of his sneakers that he was trying to sell on the LetGo app. 

The victim claimed that Jamison had asked to meet at Town Square Circle for the exchange. Then, according to the release from Stafford County, Jamison asked to take the shoes to an apartment to see if a friend could verify the authenticity of the sneakers.

The victim complied but said Jamison never returned and eventually blocked the victim on the app. 

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office says additional warrants are pending. 

Authorities ask for anyone who believes they could have been a victim of a similar sneaker theft, associated with Sydney Fisher or Mark Jamison, should contact the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 658-4400.  

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