Two men from Kansas City, Kan. have been indicted by a grand jury in a case involving a truckload of 5,500 Nike athletic shoes that were stolen on Feb. 25, 2003. Darrell Lawson, 49, and James Peoples, 42, are charged with conspiring together to possess stolen goods that crossed state lines.
According to the indictment, on March 4, 2003, Peoples was acting on behalf of another person when he offered to sell the load of shoes to Lawson. The two met in Kansas City, Kan., with another conspirator who had possession of the shoes, from whom Lawson agreed to buy a quantity. Peoples, Lawson, and other conspirators then took the trailer to Kansas City, Mo., where Lawson and one or more conspirators unloaded a portion of the stolen shoes only to bring them back to Kansas. By March 11, 2005, Lawson and other conspirators had sold the shoes. If convicted, Lawson and Peoples face a maximum penalty of 5 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.