Fla. police seeking man who glided to larceny in high-tech hover shoes

Police posted a Facebook video of the suspect, who glided out of a Walmart store with a cart of stolen goods


Doug Phillips
Sun Sentinel

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — It was as if the thief was gliding on air.

Walmart security surveillance video released by police in Winter Haven, in Polk County, shows a man wearing some type of high-tech shoes as he glides into the store, gathers a television and some flowers in a shopping cart and glides right out of the store without paying.

“Back to the Future’s McFly he’s not,” police posted on Facebook Wednesday — referring to the classic 1985 film that throws Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, back into the 1950s.

This would be a routine shoplifting incident if not for the thief’s footwear.

“But his Hover Shoes, Voyagers, Moto Kicks, Space Shoes or whatever you want to call them makes him our first futuristic thief,” the police posting said.

 
McFly He's Not - But His Shoes Just Might Help ID Him

Back to the Future's McFly he's not! But his Hover Shoes, Voyagers, Moto Kicks, Space Shoes or whatever you want to call them makes him our first futuristic thief! Our Winter Haven McFly entered Walmart (355 Cypress Gardens Blvd) utilizing his fancy footwear and proceeds to travel all around with great ease hovering to and fro gathering items that included a television and a bouquet of flowers (wonder who the lucky girl is). Do you think he stopped to pay? Well, as you see in the video, he glides right out without even an attempt to utilize any register. (At some point, don't ya feel the need to squeal "WEEEEEEEEE"?) We poke fun, but stealing IS a crime and we want to get this guy and his shoes in custody. Somebody will recognize him. Call Detective Cobb at 863-401-2256. Callers wishing to remain anonymous should call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Callers are guaranteed anonymity and could be eligible for a CASH reward.

Posted by Winter Haven Police Department on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Exactly what the shoplifter had on his feet isn’t known, but there is a product on the market called Gyroor Electric Shoes. They are highlighted on a YouTube video that calls them electric roller skate hovershoes that are self-balancing using a hoverboard design.

“It has two separate e-skates which offer you endless possibilities to dance, do tricks and maneuver,” the narrator says.

Online, the shoes retail for $229.00.

Despite the tongue-in-cheek Facebook posting, Winter Haven police say they are serious about bringing the shoplifter to justice.

“We poke fun, but stealing is a crime and we want to get this guy and his shoes in custody,” officials posted.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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