LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - A self-proclaimed "sneaker-head" says he had tens of thousands of dollars worth of shoes stolen when he thought they were safe and locked away in storage.
Jorge Beltran says he's been collecting shoes since he was a teenager and owns more than 150 pairs of sneakers, most Nikes and Jordans.
He says they've all been stolen from inside his storage unit at Extra Space Storage on Bonanza Road near Nellis Boulevard.
Beltran noticed the bolts from inside his unit were missing. The unit has sheet doors on all sides, and Beltran believes that's how somebody was able to break in.
"If somebody would have just broken off the lock, I would have been ok with it," says Beltran. "The fact that they broke in from inside the unit, that means these units aren't secure."
In sneaker culture, people like Beltran collect shoes to sell, trade or just show off.
According to Urban Necessities, a local sneaker shop, some of Beltran's shoes could be sold for about $600, that's double or triple what their retail value was.
Beltran says he was hoping to use his sneaker collection as a down payment on a house.
"It's stuff I can't ever get back," Beltran says. "I mean they're shoes that I waited in line for for 10 hour overnight in the freezing cold, just that memory of meeting new people and new friends, I can never get that back."
13 Action News did reach out to Extra Space Storage. They say they are cooperating with local law enforcement with the investigation. They say they have provided security camera footage and they are assisting in any way they can.
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