MIAMI (WSVN) - Police are searching for a crook who targeted a shoe store in Miami.
When the crook couldn’t get into Luxe Miami from the front of the store, he decided to get inside by cutting a hole in the roof.
At around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, surveillance video from inside the sneaker store along the 2300 block of Southwest 22nd Street showed the crook climbing the wall where the shoes were on display.
“When he comes down, he kinda falls off, comes to the ground. He just goes up quick and starts grabbing every shoe here,” said store owner Johan Alvarez. “It’s a big hit, definitely.”
The store owner said they suffered a $15,000 to $20,000 loss, and they don’t have insurance.
“Whoever was committing the burglary wanted to go directly to these businesses and get those shoes,” said Miami Police Officer Michael Vega.
Police said Luxe Miami was not the only store targeted.
“These crooks, they actually made three holes on top of the roof, two of them not being in this business, so it’s more of the damage that they caused then what they actually stole,” said Vega. “Talking about what they took, they took left feet shoes. They didn’t take a pair of shoes, they just took single shoes that were on the rack.”
Luxe Miami opened in December.
Alvarez, just 20 years old, said he built the business himself and is hoping the thief realizes he only has 20 left shoes and brings them back.
“Just come forward, drop off the shoes, leave them here,” said Alvarez. “I don’t need to turn them over to the cops. I don’t care about that. I pray that God puts some sense into them and just do the right thing at least.”
Alvarez said he is offering a reward for the return of the shoes.
Although, in the surveillance footage, one thief is shown, police said that he may be working with a friend.
If you have any information on this burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.
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