Recently, Illinois police made an unbelievable warehouse bust and confiscated over $1 million in stolen shoes.

Major Stolen Merchandise Police Bust In Illinois

The huge sting operation happened recently at a warehouse in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. The police were investigating suspicious activity in the building. A theft ring was using the facility for their headquarters and a place to store all of the hot merchandise.

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The suspects would hit freight trains coming through the Lyons Township area. That's where they picked up most of their stolen merchandise. Then, they would transport it back to the warehouse.

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$1 Million Worth Of Stolen Shoes Seized In Illinois Police Raid

The building looks like an official warehouse for a legit shoe store. The stolen products were high-end merchandise and included...

  • Nike
  • UGG
  • Adidas
  • Yeezys
  • Supreme
  • And much more

According to, 

Millions of dollars in high-end shoes, including Nikes and Yeezys were found, not at a store, but at a West Side warehouse that was home to a theft ring that targeted freight trains.


The Austin warehouse is the site of an investigation where law enforcement officials said a group of thieves used it as a home base to push stolen merchandise received through a series of railroad cargo thefts across the country.

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How Did The Thieves Sell The Stolen Shoes

The thieves would repackage the stolen shoes. Then, they post them for sale on the internet, websites, and social media. The customers had no idea that the merchandise was stolen. The suspects made 100% profit.

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My mom once told me that "people will steal anything that's not nailed down." Times certainly have changed since then. The thieves now have nail removers.

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