Police: Thousands of stolen Nike shoes being sold in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Kansas City police are asking for help in several thefts of tractor trailers containing thousands of Nike shoes. Detectives said the shoes are being illegally sold in the Kansas City area.

On Dec. 4, 2010, a tractor trailer was stolen from the 3600 block of Great Midwest Drive, near Armour Road, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Police said the tractor trailer contained 4,700 pairs of white Nike Air Jordan shoes.

The truck was later found in Iowa and the trailer was found empty in Lafayette County, Missouri. The loss of the Nike shoes was estimated to be about $200,000 dollars.

On Thursday, another tractor trailer was stolen from Junction City, Kansas. The trailer had more than 3,000 pairs of white Nike Air Max 90 shoes.

Police could not confirm yet whether the two thefts are directly related.

But according to police, there have been several types of these thefts, tractor trailers containing thousands of Nike shoes, over the past year.

Sgt. Stacey Graves with the Kansas City Police Department said the stolen Nike shoes are known to have been illegally sold in the Kansas City area. Police have found stolen Nike shoes in Kansas City that were taken from Junction City and Kansas City.

Police are asking anyone with information on the thefts of the Nike shoes or have seen NIKE shoes being sold on the street to call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-8477.

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