Police officers in Kentucky found $3 million worth of Nike shoes outside a home in Harden County five years after they were reported missing from a distribution center in Tennessee.
"Yesterday there was a, I think the SWAT team pulled up, a couple of Radcliff police cars, state police, and then they brought in the fire truck later on," neighbor Kirk Oxendine told WLKY Louisville
Officers from the Radcliff Police Department discovered the shoes scattered around the yard of the home that belonged to Zetta Thompson. After obtaining a search warrant, officers confiscated the thousands of pairs of shoes on Thursday.
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Thompson said she and her daughter had purchased the shoes from a woman in another county, and had no idea they were stolen.
"Apparently Nike had called and contacted them and the shoes were stolen and they had been stolen since 2009 and there were $3 million worth of shoes in my front yard. They confiscated all of them," said Thompson.
Thompson had been selling the shoes at local flea markets and swap meets, according to The Associated Press
"I'd take them to the flea market. I'd match them up during the week and I'd take them to the flea market and I'll sit there for not even two hours and make $200," seller Natalie Clark told reporters.
"I can't even tell you how many shoes we had, it was unbelievable. Like I said, all this out here. This was all Jordans, every kind of Jordan you could imagine. There were flip-flops, there was Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian heels here. There were expensive shoes here," she continued.
Neither Thompson nor Clark have been arrested or charged with any crimes, however Radcliff Police continue to investigate.
Officers said Nike confirmed the shipping labels on some of the boxes. Many of the shoes were supposed to be shipped from a Tennessee distribution center to another in Texas.
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