HOUSTON - Burglars stole the new Air Jordan sneakers shortly before they were released at a north Houston store Friday.
The new Air Jordans were released early Friday and people were so desperate to get their hands on the shoes, police said it caused chaos.
According to officers, there were dozens of empty boxes in the parking lot of City Gear on Mesa at Tidwell in north Houston. Investigators said people helped themselves to the new shoes while the store was still closed.
Witness Eddie Bryant drove up on the chaos as he arrived to work.
"There was a whole bunch of people out here and a whole lot of police cars. I was a little afraid to walk up to the shop. I thought somebody had got killed," he said.
According to investigators, burglars broke in through the store's back door.
In front of the store, at least 100 people lined up all night waiting for the 7 a.m. open time and a chance at a pair of new Air Jordan Bred 11s.
Police said they arrested 11 people, two of them juveniles, who were either inside the store or running from it.
The limited-edition shoes sell for between $185 and $325.
KPRC Local 2 contacted Nike's corporate headquarters in Oregon by phone and email to ask if the company might be rethinking the way the shoes are marketed and released in light of the disturbances, arrests and at least one shooting in Houston connected to the release, but the company has responded.
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