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Barefoot burglar busted by Miami Springs police in $5,000 Nike shoe theft

Miami Springs Canine Officer Albert Sandoval and his partner, Loki.
Miami Springs Canine Officer Albert Sandoval and his partner, Loki. For the Miami Herald

A Miami Springs man walked into his living room and startled a burglar, who then ran out through the patio and onto the golf course — with an autographed pair of size 13 Nike “Michael Jordan” shoes valued at $5,000.

The victim, who lives in the 900 block of Hunting Lodge Drive, also watched the barefoot burglar bolt past the 13th hole gripping a blue nylon bag that contained his wife’s $4,000 Louis Vuitton purse, a $1,000 Rolls-Royce key fob and a $5 rosary.

Within minutes, Miami Springs police arrested John Carlos Cairo, 18, of Hialeah, and charged the 5-foot-9, 130-pound teen with burglary.

“I am extremely proud of the response time and teamwork demonstrated by all of the officers involved,” Miami Springs Police Chief Armando Guzman said.

Guzman said Cairo resisted arrest forcing Canine Officer Albert Sandoval to draw his Taser as his German Shepard partner, Loki, yanked the leash.

“It was a judgment call based on my training,” said Sandoval, who made a split-second decision to give the thief a second chance to stop, which he did.

Cairo, who sports a “dollar sign” tattoo on his left hand, was charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling, grand theft and resisting arrest. Since being taken into custody on March 29, he has been charged with four additional felonies for other home burglaries also on Hunting Lodge Drive.

Cairo pleaded not guilty to the charges and remains in Miami-Dade County jail. His bond has been set at $46,000.