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Thieves steal $100,000 worth of sneakers in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI — Over the past two years, Michael Giddens has built a collection of sneakers worth thousands of dollars. It was all gone within minutes when Giddens said everything in his storage unit was stolen while he was on vacation.

“I was crushed,” Giddens said. “I just think of all the hours it took me to get the shoes – all the money invested. It was all my livelihood.”

Giddens owns Heart and Sole Cincy, an online store selling popular shoes like Jordan 1s, Nike Dunks and Yeezys. When he went on vacation on March 27, Giddens said his 300 sneakers were safe at CubeSmart Self Storage in Avondale. When he returned, however, everything was gone.

“Probably an estimated value of $100,000,” Giddens said.

He posted before and after photos on his Instagram account, as well as surveillance footage from the flight.

While he hopes to catch who did it, Giddens said he was starting from scratch.

“I cashed out all my savings, I had no insurance,” Giddens said.

A GoFundMe page raised over $7,000 and it said some local sneaker stores donated shoes.

“It has encouraged me so much to know that there are people nationally and locally who love and support me,” Giddens said. “God has a greater plan and it will work out for my good. I will continue to be faithful.”

CubeSmart said it could not comment on the burglary.

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