Alleged serial car burglar, dubbed 'Red Shoes' by police, arrested in Westchester County

MOUNT VERNON, Westchester County (WABC) -- An apparent serial car burglar who police believe has broken into dozens if not hundreds of vehicles in Westchester County has been arrested.

Authorities say 24-year-old Dozzia Matock, of Mount Vernon, was caught on Beekman and South Columbus avenues Tuesday night.

He was dubbed "Red Shoes" after he was caught on several surveillance cameras, mostly Ring doorbell cameras, going into cars at night while wearing red sneakers.

"The male suspect going through the cars distinctively had on red sneakers," police Commissioner Shawn Harris said. "So some of the actual residents nicknamed him 'Red Shoes.'"

Officers stepped up patrols over the quality of life issue they say they've been getting complaints about for over a month.

"Because it affects the quality of life, it makes people feel uncomfortable," Harris said. "People should be able to feel comfortable leaving their cars in their driveways and not worries about someone coming onto their property and rummaging through their cars."

Officials say he is being held on an outstanding larceny warrant and can currently only be charged in two break-ins after alleged stolen property was found in his possession, but they say he has confessed to scores of incidents.

Police are reminding everyone to keep cars locked at night.

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