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Thieves Duped by Local Shoe Store Owner


Security camera footage of thieves in Laced Connection | Image by WFAA

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Thieves did not quite get what they were looking for when they broke into Laced Connection, a popular shoe store in Fort Worth, on Friday morning.

A surveillance video shows thieves breaking in and grabbing boxes of expensive, in-demand sneakers — or so they thought.

In fact, the boxes were only filled with one right shoe, a security tactic that left the thieves with only half of what they likely expected.

Chad Steward, the owner of Laced Connection, said in an interview with Fox 4 News that he knew security needed to be a priority when he opened the store a year ago.

“I think they came through this fenced area over here. They originally came over here to this bathroom window,” said Steward, describing the scene.

Failing to get in through the back window, the thieves broke through double padlocks to enter the shop via a store room. When they were finally inside, they could not reach the sales floor because there was another steel gate that stood in their way.

“It would have taken them a good while to get into this part of the store. I’m thankful I had the preventatives I did,” Steward told reporters.

“I had bars, security alarms from day one,” he continued. “I talked to previous people I knew in this industry that had stores, and they told me that’s one of the most important things to prevent things like this.”

Steward told the news outlet that the video was posted to social media and viewed more than 32 thousand times.

He explained that he would “100% want them to go to jail” and has even offered a reward on his social media account.

Despite the security measures, the thieves were still able to get away with merchandise that is worth thousands of dollars, consisting primarily of right-shoe Air Jordans, Adidas Yeezys, and Nike Dunks.

“It’s sad. You can tell in the video these kids are young,” Steward said. “There will be more gates, more bars put in place. We’ll put in alarms.” Laced Connection remains closed for now.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is urged to call the Fort Worth Police Department.

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29 days ago

New style – right foot, high style shoes; left foot, low style shoes. 🤣