Thursday, May 10, 2007


Serial sock snatcher knee-deep in trouble again

‘James Dowdy has admitted his hankering for women’s hosiery has been his undoing, earning him three stints in prison and repeated scoldings from judges over the years. So police say it’s no surprise the 36-year-old man is knee deep in trouble again because of his lust for leggings.

St. Clair County prosecutors charged Dowdy on Friday with felony attempted burglary for his uninvited visit to a parked car and with misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge for dropping stolen socks “in an unreasonable manner, as to alarm and disturb.”

“He’s obviously got some problems,” Belleville police Capt. Don Sax said Monday of Dowdy, who remains jailed on $50,000 bond. “We can’t crawl into his head and come up with a particular answer to why he does this. We have to assume it’s part of his sexual deviation.” [..]

“To the best of our knowledge, he’s just after the socks,” Sax said. “Generally, they are almost always female socks.”‘

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