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Owner: $50,000 Freddy Krueger sneakers stolen from store

- By Peter Yankowski Anyone with informatio­n can contact Bethel police at 203-743-5500.

BETHEL — A local business owner says more than $50,000 worth of rare sneakers was stolen from his store last week.

Among the 11 pairs of sneakers taken in the theft from A.shoe.affair last Thursday were two pairs of ultra-rare Nike Dunk SB Low Freddy Kruegers. Owner Colin Hoffman said he paid a combined $50,000 for the two pairs and had only recently paid them off.

“Everyone in the sneaker community in the world knows what these are,” Hoffman said.

Bethel police said Monday the investigat­ion is ongoing, but declined to comment further.

Hoffman said the theft occurred sometime around 2 a.m. Thursday. He said he planned to use the sneakers to promote his business, calling them, “museum pieces that I was trying to bring to our town.”

Values on the shoes, which have a green and red stripe pattern reminiscen­t of the sweater worn by the Freddy Kreuger villain in the “A Nightmare on Elm Street” film series, have gone up, with some sizes online valued at six figures.

Hoffman said he had dreamed of opening his business as far back as high school, envisionin­g it as a fun place where people could see shoes they weren’t able to get anywhere else in the country. He said he’s recently invested 120 hours a week into his business.

The theft, he said, “took six months of my life and just evaporated it.”

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