Stupid Things People Do For Sneakers: Burglar steals only right shoes

The train of sneaker-powered stupidity pulls into Roanoke, Virginia, where a thief got his sneaker robbery only half right, or wrong.


On August 25 at around 4:20 a.m. , a theif broke into Clean Soles, a sneaker shop specializing in buying, trading and selling sneakers as well as offers sneaker cleansing services. Video surveillance shows the thief filling his arms with several sneakers on display before exiting the business.

The head-scratching aspect of this event is the burglar only took right shoes-the mates for the shoes were stored away.

Not much good “unless you have two right feet,” said Rob Wickham, who operates the shop. “Pretty much risking their freedom for nothing.

This is not the first time Clean Soles had dealt with burglary. According to Wickham, there were two break-ins, one by two perpetrators in July and a second by one culprit Aug. 25. In between the two break-ins, he lost about 13 right shoes, one complete sneaker pair, shirts, hoodies and a jacket, he said. Wickham said he typically puts right shoes on display and keeps the lefts in a room behind the counter.

A 17-year-old was charged by police for the July burglary.

Amy Whittaker, a spokeswoman for the Roanoke County police, told NPR the August perpetrator remains at large.

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