Stupid Things People Do For Sneakers: $100k worth of kicks taken in storage unit theft

A few years ago, Todd Miller quit his job to start an online business that sells and restores sneakers.
“I live in a studio apartment. Ran out of space, and it forced me to store the shoes elsewhere,” said Miller.

Miller rented a 5’x7’ storage unit at an Extra Space storage facility and it was quickly filled wall-to-wall with sneaker boxes.


A call from the facility may put his business in peril. Someone broke the slide lock on Miller’s unit and cleaned the space of its contents, which was more than 300 pairs of sneakers.

“Crowbarred it out and was able to pop it real easy, it looks like,” said Miller.

“It felt like an out-of-reality experience,” said Miller. “It was the call I never wanted to get. My heart dropped.”

Of the 300-plus pairs of sneakers, approximately 75 of-them were vintage, one of which was an OG pair of the “Chicago” Air Jordan I.

When asked about the value of the stolen footwear Miller said “everything together is worth about $120,000.”

The theft, which was one of three confirmed break-ins within a week’s timespan at the facility, may have put Miller’s business in peril. He finds himself bereft of inventory and the insurance on his storage unit tops out at just $3,000. Miller says he was ignorant of higher face value policies that were available and would have taken advantage of them had he known about them.

Law enforcement has obtained surveillance footage but have not made it public.

Extra Space issued the following statement:

“We are working with authorities to provide any information we can on the break-ins. Security is a top priority for Extra Space. We will be evaluating our security measures, how this happened, and we will make improvements.”

Miller is offering up to a $5.000 reward for information leading to an arrest or recovery of some or all of the sneakers. A Gofundme has also been set up to help him rebuild his business.

Individuals with information pertinent to this case can contact the San Diego Police at 619-531-2000 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

A have California man is seeking information that can lead to the recovery and return of more than $100,000 that was stolen out of his storage unit.

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