3 held in theft of $9K worth of sneakers

Tribune reporter

Three Chicago-area men were arrested early Saturday and face felony burglary charges after they attempted to steal nearly $9,000 worth of sneakers.

Equipped with bolt cutters and a head-mounted flashlight, Frederick A. Young, 28, and 26-year-olds Jeremie Bolden and John D. Luckett broke into a Union Pacific railroad box car late Friday at a depot in the 2400 block of West 26th Street, according to Cook County court records and prosecutors.

The men cracked open the car and discovered a treasure trove of kicks, 62 shoe boxes valued at $8,849.38, packed into 9 larger cardboard boxes, according to police reports and Assistant State’s Attorney Jacqueline Kwilos.

After a witness alerted police to men on the tracks, police found the three moving with the cardboard boxes and they were arrested just after midnight on Saturday near the depot, according to Kwilos and court records.

Young, of the 5800 block of West Menard Avenue in Chicago, and Luckett, of the 400 block of Prairie Avenue in Calumet City, each also face a possession of burglary tools charge after they were found with the bolt cutters and head-mounted flashlight, according to court records.

They were each ordered held in lieu of $80,000 bail Sunday.

Bolden, of the 4900 block of West Ohio Street in Austin, does not face that possession charge and was ordered held in lieu of $30,000, according to court records, but he will have to undergo electronic monitoring when he gets out.

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