August 27th, 2012
(BlackMediaScoop) Two teenagers were arrested after cutting into the roof of a mall in Houston to steal Nike Air Jordan sneakers.
A security guard at Greenspoint mall, on the north side of Houston, saw the thieves in the Foot Action store early Wednesday morning and called police. John Grant, 19, (seen below) and another male, 16, were arrested at the scene, but a third suspect believed to be around the same age fled.
“We believe we know the identity of the third male who fled on foot and is still wanted,” Cannon said. John Cannon, Houston Police spokesman, said officers responded to a burglary call at 4:45 A.M. on Wednesday and found the suspects stole 16 pairs of Nike Air Jordan sneakers valued at $175 each.
Limited editions of specific Nike sneakers, such as the soon-to-be-released LeBron X Nike Plus basketball sneaker, are often bought and re-sold for costs as high as $1,000. Violence and long lines have plagued stores like Foot Locker as fans wait hours for a limited number of sneakers.
In anticipation of such problems, earlier this week Nike reportedly issued general safety guidelines to retailers about the release of the popular sneakers, moving the release time from midnight to 8 a.m.
Cannon said the three used unknown instruments to cut into the roof of the store. Greenspoint Mall and Foot Locker, which owns Foot Action, did not return requests for comment.