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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

A UF graduate student was arrested Sunday evening after he ran from police while wearing a pair of sneakers he'd just stolen.

Matthew Cimoch, 24, entered the Kohl's department store on Archer Road at about 6 p.m., put on a pair of black New Balance sneakers and left the store without paying, according to a Gainesville Police Department report.

A store security guard confronted Cimoch, who then pushed the guard's shoulders and ran across the Kohl's parking lot toward Archer Road.

Cimoch then went across the street to Wal-Mart, where he walked around as police searched for him, according to the report.

Police stopped him as he was leaving the store. The Kohl's security guard identified Cimoch as the man who stole the sneakers, which were still on his feet.

The sneakers cost about $75, according to the report.

After officers read him his rights, he told the police he was sorry.

Cimoch, a graduate student in materials science and engineering, was arrested and charged with petit theft, resisting merchant detainment and resisting arrest without violence, all misdemeanors.

He was released from the Alachua County Jail Monday afternoon.

Cimoch declined to comment about the incident.

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