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Man steals socks of little children and pleasures himself on them

By Mason White 5:54 PM May 25, 2015
James Dowdy 

By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested on charges of theft after allegedly breaking into a car and stealing socks, police in Illinois said.

Belleville Police said that they have arrested 43-year-old James Dowdy, after being accused of stealing socks in order to pleasure himself on them.

Dowdy has previously been arrested for stealing socks and leaving them in the yards of his neighbors after using them for sex acts.

Some socks were stained with his bodily fluids, and they were the size that children use. Recently, some socks began to appear in yards of the 7600 block of West Main, which is near the house of Dowdy.

Police suspected Dowdy, so they set up a car near with socks inside near his home. Surveillance video showed Dowdy breaking into the car and taking the socks.

He was arrested at the scene. Police raided Dowdy’s home, and seized several items as evidence. The suspect’s mother said that her son needs mental help instead of being sent to prison.

Dowdy was charged with one count of theft and his bail was set at $300,000.