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Thieves Pick Wrong Type of Shoes

March 30, 1990

LENEXA, Kan. (AP) _ Thieves who allegedly stole 57 pairs of athletic shoes from a delivery truck were slightly ahead of their time: They chose a type of shoe not yet on sale at area stores.

The 57 pairs, worth about $1,300, were taken Wednesday from a truck parked behind the office of the Athlete’s Foot store in Lenexa, a city of 18,000 on the perimeter of Kansas City, said police Detective Mike Siebers.

The theft was discovered about 15 minutes after a man went into the office to ask for a job, Siebers said.

About two hours later, two men walked into an Athlete’s Foot store in Kansas City, Kan., and asked to exchange a pair of shoes that didn’t fit. Store employees, notified of the Lenexa theft, recognized the shoes.

Police found six more pairs of the shoes in a car in the store’s parking lot but 50 pairs still are missing. The two men were released pending further investigation.

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