Wrestling star Hulk Hogan is missing a $5,500 shoe.
It wasn’t just any shoe. Hogan once wore the white wrestling boot in the ring, and he has signed it with a permanent marker. The Steve Cardillo shoe was on display at Hogan’s shop in Clearwater, Florida until staff noticed it had gone missing on Tuesday. They checked the CCTV and reported the incident to the police.
Staff suspected a “heavyset woman in her 50s" had taken the shoe. The woman, possibly a tourist from Michigan, visited the shop along with three friends on Sunday afternoon, and took the shoe while the store workers were busy with something else.
According to the police report and based on the CCTV footage, four white females arrived at Hogan’s Beach Shop at 5:16pm on Sunday. Around four minutes after they came in, a large statue of the popular wrestling-star-turned-shop-owner fell over outside the store, distracting the staff. Clearwater Police believe this was the time when the woman swiped the shoe, valued at $5,500.
Hogan recently announced his return to WWE after six years of being away from the ring. Last month, the 60-year-old wrestler made an appearance at WWE Raw Backstage Pass, and will host the special anniversary show of WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans next month. He first entered the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) scene in 1985 back when it was still known as WWF (World Wrestling Federation), and expressed his excitement at being back.
Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman, was also thrilled to have “Hulkamania” as a big part of the anniversary program. He said that it was fitting for Hogan to celebrate 30 years of WrestleMania with them “and usher in a new era” with the launch of the new WWE Network.
Counting the days until I host WRESTLEMANIA XXX brother. HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) March 19, 2014
Hulk Hogan was born Terry Gene Bollea. He won a total of 12 wrestling championships for the WWF/WWE and the WCW (World Championship Wrestling). He has several wrestling records under his belt, including being the all-time longest-reigning World Heavyweight Champion in WCW. He is also the first wrestler to win two consecutive Royal Rumbles (1990-1991).
Florida police are currently on the lookout for the shoe thief.
See video of the thief taking off with Hogan's shoe
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