Yeezy Yikes! Nike Nuts Robbed
Seven young men waiting outside the closed Louis Joliet mall to buy the new Air Yeezy 2 were robbed Saturday morning.
The newest Nike basketball shoe everybody's got to have ended up costing seven young men their cash, wallets and cell phones.
The young men—a 20-year-old and some 16 and 17-year-olds—formed up outside the closed Westfield Louis Joliet Mall near the entrance to T.G.I. Friday's about 1 a.m., police said.
The group passed the time together, sitting in lawn chairs and waiting for the mall to open so they could be the brand new Air Yeezy 2, the latest Nike gotta-have. The shoe was just released Saturday morning at a retail price of $245.
Another group of three men arrived about 2 a.m. and stayed apart from the first group. After about an hour, the three outsiders pulled the hoods of their sweat shirts over their heads and yanked the draw strings tight, leaving only their eyes visible beneath the brims of their baseball caps, police said.
The three men then produced what the victims said appeared to be handguns.
The original seven men thought they were being put on and that the whole thing was a joke. But they were wrong.
As if they weren't going to be ripped off badly enough by buying $245 sneakers, the men ended up losing their cash, wallets and cell phones to the apparent gunmen and were left with no new shoes at all.
The bandits then ran north through a parking lot, police said, most likely to a waiting getaway car.