Woman Steals Autographed Hulk Hogan Wrestling Shoe, Returns It Days Later
A tourist from Michigan stole an autographed Hulk Hogan wrestling shoe from his shop in Florida and returned it a few days later.
The woman, whose name has not yet been revealed, allegedly took the shoe on a whim while looking inside Hogan’s Beach Shop in Clearwater on Sunday, March 16. Employees of the shop didn’t notice the one-of-a-kind shoe – Hogan once wore the shoe and signed it – was missing until Tuesday evening, and the theft was announced to the press on Wednesday, March 19. The shoe is valued at $5,500.
Source: Clearwater PD
In their original press release, the police said that security tapes showed four white women, possibly on Spring Break, had entered a shop at 5:16 p.m., minutes before a statue of Hogan fell outside the shop, distracting the store’s employees long enough for the suspect to grab the shoe. The woman was described as “a white female in her 50s, heavyset” in the initial report.
Only a day later, on Thursday, March 20, the Clearwater Police Department announced on its official Facebook and Twitter pages that the shoe had been recovered. The woman reportedly called Hogan’s Beach Shop and apologized, saying she “did something stupid.” The woman had since returned to Michigan, but had left the shoe in the care of friends she had made in Clearwater. The friends brought the shoe back to the store intact. Clearwater PD stated that the investigation is still ongoing and no charges have been filed.
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