A man who investigators said urinated on more than $1,000 worth of shoes at Value City last week was arrested in the first of two bizarre incidents at the Latonia discount store in three days, police said. Grady C. Wallace, 36, of Covington, faces charges of first-degree criminal mischief after police said he went to the store's footwear section just before 6 p.m. Nov. 29 and urinated across dozens of athletic shoes on a display rack.

According to a Covington police report, the incident was caught on a store surveillance tape, which showed Wallace "urinating on the shoes in a manner as to urinate on as many shoes as he could."

The report stated that 14 pairs of Rawlings shoes valued at $19.99 each, eight pairs of $54.99 Reeboks, six pairs of $34.99 Reeboks and three pairs of $29.99 Skechers athletic shoes would have to be destroyed as a result of being soaked in urine.

Store officials put the damage at $1,019.69.

Covington Assistant Police Chief Lt. Col. Mike Kraft said it remains unclear what was behind Wallace's behavior, which occurred in plain view of other customers and store personnel.

About three days later, a man exposed himself to women shopping at the store.

Security personnel called police about 11 a.m. on Dec. 2 after a man was seen unzipping his pants and exposing his genitals to shoppers in a store aisle.

Covington police said the alleged incident was recorded on store surveillance tape, but because indecent exposure is a misdemeanor, Kentucky law requires that the act must occur in the presence of an officer for police to press charges.

"So it is up to someone who was in the store then to charge him," Kraft said.

Kraft added that the suspect has been identified but not arrested or charged.

"I think it happened around two customers, but it didn't look as though one customer realized what happened (when) we went and observed it on surveillance video," he said.

Value City devotes substantial manpower and technology to tracking crime on its premises, Kraft said, and he credited store security personnel with rapidly bringing the suspects to the attention of police.

"They're very much on top of things there," Kraft said.


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