Suspected sneaker thief caught during third day on lam

Cops arrested the fleet-footed sneaker bandit who gave them the slip while he was handcuffed Friday evening.

Derek Robinson, 39, was arrested about 11 p.m. Saturday night — more than 24 hours after he managed to escape police custody Friday, according to cops.

The tennis-shoe Houdini and suspected accomplice Alice Scruggs, 21, were busted on petit larceny charges near Spring Street and Broadway around 7:30 p.m. Friday for allegedly swiping pricey kicks from the SoHo Nike store.

A manacled Robinson slipped off as police were handcuffing Scruggs, who was charged with possession of burglar tools, petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

But the North Carolina woman ultimately led investigators back to Robinson Saturday — the Manhattan DA decided not to proceed with the case against Scruggs, allowing cops to cut her loose and tail her back to a hostel where she was shacking up with Robinson, law enforcement sources said.

Following his re-arrest, Robinson was taken to the First Precinct station house and hit with petit larceny and escape charges.

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