Shipper who was arrested for wearing zipper dress found guilty of assault
Posted On July 16, 2021
A zipper dress was found guilty Monday of assault and disorderly conduct after an altercation at a Shipper Shoe store in New Jersey, where it was allegedly stolen and put into storage, according to court documents.
A third defendant, a customer, was also convicted of disorderly conduct.
The case stems from an altercation between the two men at a store in the city’s Midwood section.
The third defendant told police he was the owner of the store and asked to have his zipper dress taken by a stranger, court records state.
When he did not have the item, he told the stranger to put it into his cart, according a police report.
The first defendant said he was at the store to check on his truck, which he said had been stolen, when he noticed the zipper dress, court documents state.
The second defendant said that when he returned home, he discovered that the zipper had been taken and that the clothing was still in the store, the report states.
The third defendant was wearing a jacket, pants and shoes, according the police report, which also shows the third defendant’s ID card was present at the time of the altercation.
The store owner, Steven M. Smith, told police the zipper was not his and he asked the customer to return it to him, court papers state.
He said the customer had refused, and that he then told him to put the jacket on, the court documents say.
Smith then said he put the pants on and that was when he was hit, the police reports state.
After the two had an altercation, Smith told police that the third suspect grabbed him by the shirt and told him not to say anything, the reports state, adding that he told Smith to call the police.
Smith said that was the last time he saw him, according an arrest report.
Police then began searching for the man, who later told police Smith had stolen his zipper, court filings state.
The zipper dress case is among a series of incidents in which men have been accused of using a zipper to steal clothes or merchandise, and other clothing to be returned to stores.
A woman was sentenced in May to two years probation for wearing a zipper dress and being arrested after it was found at her home in Washington, D.C., and then returned to a local store.
A man was sentenced last year to four years probation after he was found with a zipper in a shirt, court filing said.