For three thieves in East Flushing, Queens, their plan had too many holes and was ultimately unsuccessful.
A teenager was standing on a sidewalk with his Air Jordans on, not knowing that it would make him a target for three men who slowly drove by him than pulled over. Before the teenager was aware of what was happening, one man grabbed him and held him onto the ground, while the other two grabbed the sneakers and pulled them off, reported the New York Post.
Although the teenager reported to police that the thieves stole his "$2,000 Air Jordans," the shoes turned out to be fake. The thieves found this out quickly because right after they stole the shoes from the teenager, they went into an .IMAGE shoe store in an attempt to make some quick cash. However, the employee noticed that they were fake, and declined to buy them. The interaction was captured on surveillance, and the footage has been released in hopes of catching the criminals.
The .IMAGE employee, David, said that he knew they were fake once he checked the quality of the shoe material and stitching. He said he offered "Zero dollars, because it's a fake!"
Other surveillance recordings were also captured, which show the teenager being robbed.