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Police: suspect arrested after advertising stolen Air Jordans on Facebook

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Police say the owner of a pair of stolen Air Jordans saw them being sold on Facebook and called police. Police say the owner of a pair of stolen Air Jordans saw them being sold on Facebook and called police.
Police say a theft victim recognized her property on social media and called police. Police say a theft victim recognized her property on social media and called police.
Jay Parks appeared in court after being arrested for allegedly stealing property and advertising it for sale on Facebook. Jay Parks appeared in court after being arrested for allegedly stealing property and advertising it for sale on Facebook.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville man used social media to sell part of a shoe collection, but instead of a buyer, he found himself face to face with police.

The suspect's Facebook page helped police connect him to a recent burglary.

That suspect is Jay Parks. He is accused of breaking into a home and stealing electronics, a purse and 30 pairs of ladies Air Jordans.

But police say when he tried to sell the items on Facebook, the victim saw it and got them involved. 

Parks appeared before a judge in handcuffs, shackles and a jail-issued jumpsuit Friday morning.

"He used his Facebook account with his name ... so we're glad that he did that. It made our job a little easier," said Det. Kevin Peak, with LMPD's 4th Division.

Kind of like that old Nike commercial said: "It must be the shoes."

"He had several pairs set out and took a picture of them and was selling them," Peak said. "Had the size on there, size 6 for -- I think they were $150."

Here's what got him arrested: police say the shoes were all stolen during a recent break-in. The victim saw her sneakers and other valuables being sold on Facebook and contacted police. 

"There was a burglary over on M Street on Sunday night, late, and I believe on Monday the victim called and said someone was selling her shoes on Facebook," Peak said. 

That's when a detective posed as a buyer and reached out to Parks via text message.

"We talked to him and he said he would meet us and sell us the shoes, so we set it up," Peak said. 

The meeting happened at 5th and Iowa; however, instead of a buyer for the shoes, Metro Police were waiting and eventually took Parks into custody.

"We tracked back to a place where he had been and located the shoes along with the pillowcase that was taken during the burglary," Peaks said. 

Parks is being housed at Metro Corrections, and chances are good, the victim's shoe collection is gone.

"He told me he had 18 pairs of shoes and we've recovered 3; he sold 'em for $150," said Peak. There's some kind of site on Facebook where they sell shoes and trade shoes, and she got on that site and saw this guy that was trading the shoes. Or selling the shoes, rather."

Peak said the victim saw other valuables on Facebook as well.

"In the pictures that she had on Facebook, she recognized her purse that was stolen in the burglary and the pillowcase that the shoes were laying next to was the same pillowcase that she had," Peaks said. "We've tied everything, most of everything back to this individual."

Peak said Parks also has a violent criminal history.

"According to his past ... we feel like he could be dangerous," Peaks said. 

Parks is facing several charges, including burglary and receiving stolen property.

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