Rapper Travis Scott released a new pair of sneakers in collaboration with Nike that sold out online within 24 hours, CNN reported. According to Scott’s Twitter account, they shouldn’t be posted. in store until February 29.
That didn’t stop a thief in North Carolina, cops say.
Someone made with three pairs Travis Scott x Nike SB Dunk Low sneakers worth $2,400 each in an armed robbery on Tuesday, according to the Asheville Police Department.
“An employee closing the store reported that it was robbed at gunpoint by a man wearing black clothing and a mask,” police said in a statement. “Officers established a perimeter and used a K9 to attempt to track the suspect, but were unsuccessful.”
The sneakers were taken from Sole82 — an “exclusive sneaker boutique and kick shop” in Asheville, according to its website.
Scott announced on Twitter that the shoes from Nike’s skateboarding line would be available exclusively on his website starting Feb. 22, where they would sell for $150 a pair.
According to SneakerNews.com, the release “sent the sneaker world into a frenzy” and quickly sold out. Scott is expected to send a “winning email” to a few lucky customers later this week, but the sneaker website reported that “the pair will no doubt be hard to track down.”
Some shoe and skate shops are expected to sell them in-store starting Saturday — including at least 10 locations in North Carolina, according to SneakerNews.com.
But the Nike SB Dunk Lows were already selling on sneaker marketplaces such as StockX for $1,200 a pair on Wednesday.
Law enforcement responded to the Asheville store around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, police said. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Asheville Police Department at 828-252-1110 or the Asheville-Buncombe County Crime Stop Line at 828-255-5050.
This story was originally published February 26, 2020 1:41 p.m.