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article imageSwedish Police Thwart String of Unusual Shoe Thefts

By Martin Laine     Jan 3, 2010 in Crime
Police in Malmo, Sweden, have arrested a pair of men for stealing seven left-foot shoes, worth about 10,000 kronor ($1,400), apparently part of a trend in international shoe thefts.
According to a report in The Local, an English-language Swedish news website, employees at a shopping center witnessed the men stealing the shoes Saturday afternoon and notified police. The two were arrested several hours later when they returned to the store.
Malmo police detective Stig Moller said this type of theft was not all that unusual. Thieves would steal shoes for one foot in one country, like Sweden, then travel to anoher country, like Denmark, and steal a matching shoe for the other foot.
Shoe store thefts are a problem everywhere, with much of the stolen merchandise apparently being sold on the internet.
Last month, a high-end shoe store in Cape Coral, Florida, reported the theft of $135,000 worth of expensive shoes. Store owner Rosemary Armstrong speculated the thieves were professionals
“They didn’t just ransack the place. They knew what they were after,” said Armstrong in an interview with the Fort Myers News-Press. “They picked and chose he most expensive ones.”
In that theft, 1,100 pairs of shoes costing $250 and more each were taken. They didn’t take any of the less expensive shoes, nor did they touch the cash in the cash register, Armstrong said.
Armstrong said she believes the shoes will be sold either on the internet or at flea markets in other cities.
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