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An alleged sock bandit who for weeks tricked girls into going barefoot has finally been caught, police said.

Derrick Cobb, 25, approached teenage girls, between 12 and 14 years old, on the local streets and convinced them to remove their socks, claiming he was conducting a survey on brands of footwear, authorities said.

Once the girls removed them, Cobb would grab the socks and run. On one occasion in February, Cobb allegedly knocked down a 14-year-old girl, who had just stepped off a county school bus, before snatching and fleeing with her socks.

Cobb was arrested on March 7 on a warrant for an unrelated theft charge, police say. He was later charged with felony robbery and misdemeanor theft in connection with the sock thefts, after a mother of a 13-year-old victim called police, according to a spokesperson at the Prince George County police department.

Police, who say it is unclear why Cobb wanted the socks, were able to identify him from a store security camera.

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