LUNENBURG (CBS) – There is a sign on the front that says “Closed until further notice” at Getcha Sneakers, after thieves broke into the Lunenberg store after 4:00 a.m. on Monday, and took dozens thousands of dollars of collectible sneakers and high-end Clothing.
“It was crazy. There were shoes all over the floor, a lot of glass in the front,” said Michael Cortes. He owns the store, which operates as a pawnshop, with a team of people who buy, sell and trade sneakers.
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Monday morning, he found the store ransacked, with boxes and shoes thrown all over the store.
The front door was smashed with an ax. Video from his security system shows a group dressed in black from head to toe. They are later seen inside rummaging through the shelves.
“They definitely explored the place. They were probably here several times, ”Cortes said.
Behind the store, a security camera shows a car on the run. When police checked the license plate, they discovered it had been stolen from Lowell on Sunday evening.
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“These range from $ 300 to $ 400,” he said, holding a pair of Yeezy Adidas. He said about $ 70,000 in merchandise was stolen. “There are a lot of high end pieces like Luis Vuitton, Gucci.”
They even took a stack of hats with the store logo on them.
For Cortes, it’s more than a financial blow; it’s personal. He said opening the store less than a year ago was a dream for him. “We all started from nothing. There was a time when I was homeless. I had nothing, and I started selling shoes, and now I have a shoe store.
For this reason, he says he made it his duty to give back to the community. There is a collection bin at the door for donations to a local pantry.
The incident leaves him speechless. “I have no words for them. I don’t know what I would tell them, so I’ll just… let God do his thing, ”Cortes said.
He now hopes the community will help him through a GoFundMe account.
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He said he was forced to shut down for about a week, just as his first holiday shopping season began.