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Suspects arrested in rash of sneaker robberies

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GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Gwinnett County police said they have arrested two men and two juveniles in connection with a rash a high-end sneaker robberies.

Tony Mata of Norcross was one of the victims. He said he found a seller for his Nike Jordan shoes on Facebook, the agreed to meet with him.

Mata said he was immediately suspicious when the buyer arrived with a group of friends.

"They looked kind of sketchy," Mata told CBS Atlanta News.

Mata said the suspects asked him to show them his sneakers. They then grabbed them and ran.

"I stood there so shocked," said Mata. "I was like, 'did that just happen?' I was pretty shocked and scared too, because they actually could have done something like pulled a gun out."

Gwinnett police said they have at least four reports of stolen high-end tennis shoes. They said most of the robberies happened near Sweetwater Creek Road and the suspects have flashed a gun at some victims.

They have charged Reshawn Jones, 20, and Tyrese Watkins, 17, with armed robbery. Two juveniles are also in custody.

"If you're going to make a deal  or broker a deal with these shoes or any other type of item, a high-dollar item that's very popular or in demand, maybe make that deal in the parking lot of a police department or somewhere safe," said Cpl. Edwin Ritter.

Mata said he learned a valuable lesson after his shoes were stolen.

"If you want to sell your shoes, do it on line where you don't have to leave," said Mata. "You can go to UPS or use the mail. That would be the safe thing."

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