Two apparently related burglaries have police worried that a crime ring with really bad taste is preying on local shoe merchants.
In the wee hours of December 30, five to six masked men in two cars crashed their way into the Foot Locker at 1076 Southwest 67th Avenue and made of with $5,000 worth of sneakers, Miami-Dade police say. They even nabbed "several pairs" of $120 Nike Jordan CP3 III shoes -- gaudy atrocities which weren't available to be sold until three days later.
The next day, burglars smashed into the Athlete's Foot at 4670 Northwest 183rd Street and made off with more shoes. By now, we can only assume that the sneakers are being peddled by some guy lurking behind the tropical-fish store at the Opa Locka/Hialeah Flea Market -- either that or being hawked on eBay to a junior high schooler in Iowa.
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In related news, Michael Jordan was recently indicted by an international tribunal for not having put out an attractive shoe since 1994. Jordan and crony Chris Paul are resisting extradition.
After the jump, watch the video of the first burglary. Cops say that the robbers "drove in reverse to the front of the store and used the vehicles to force entry" -- and caused a pretty spectacular explosion of glass.