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"Memphis - America's Distribution Center."
It's a slogan branded on every single brown box that customers receive when they order sneakers online from Nike Store. The city is home to Nike's shipping operations and is the scene where a major heist involving the new Nike LeBron 12 recently occurred.
Fox 6 WBRC is reporting that Charles Jennings, an employee at transportation company Intermodal Cartage Group, thought he could make off with 7,500 pairs of LeBron 12s by towing a cargo filled with the sneakers.
"He stole a trailer full of LeBron James tennis shoes, which was valued somewhere between $700,000 and $1 million" Assistant Chief Mark Dunbar of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office told Fox 6 WBRC.
A special task force made up of the FBI, U.S. Marshal's Service, Shelby County Sheriff's Office, and Memphis Police Department quickly learned of the heist and were able to track down Jennings and the cargo.
"With the size of that shipment, the odds are not very good you're going to be able to get away with it," Dunbar said.
Out of the 7,500 sneakers stolen, only 6,800 were actually recovered.
[via Fox 6 WBRC]