Police have confiscated $3 million worth of shoes from a Kentucky home. It sounds like someone has a shoe fetish that got out of hand, but it's a bit more sinister than that, according to MSN News on June 2.
This bizarre story had police taking possession of all these shoes that were "scattered" in front of a house where two women live. As you can see in the picture above, the front yard looked like an army of shoes were invading.
This amount of shoes on someone's lawn is bound to spark the attention of the neighbors. Apparently someone saw this because the police were called in to investigate this sea of Nike sneakers. Armed with a search warrant police found that the shoes were from a shipment that went missing back in 2009, reports the New York Daily News.
The footwear shipment started out at a Tennessee Nike distribution center and was shipped to a distribution center in Texas. Somehow during transit, the shipment worth $3 million was lost. That was five years ago and now these shoes are recovered, but they are out of date and most likely not worth what they were in 2009.
The women claim that they didn't steal them, they purchased the entire lot of shoes from "someone else." They didn't plan to wear all the shoes, they were selling them at local flea markets. Police are investigating and so far no one has been arrested.
Sneaker News reports that Nike has confirmed that these were indeed the shipment of Nike sneakers that went missing in transit five years ago. The two women were selling these sneakers, that at one time went for the big bucks in the stores, for $5 a pair at the flea markets.
The shoes included "every kind of Air Jordan" and lines of dress shoes from Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez. The home that had all these shoes lined up on the lawn was in Harden County.
Nike used the order numbers of the shoes to match them up with the order numbers of the shoes that were in the stolen shipment. This bizarre case has no one slated for arrest yet, but the investigation is still on-going.
When these shoes were first stolen five-years-ago, their prices were astronomical. Sneaker News archived articles from 2009 show that Air Jordan sneakers from 2009 were sold on average for about $150 a pair. Some special editions sold for over $300 a pair.