Latimer House out $5,000 after theft of designer shoes and presents

A team of competitors in the Men in Heels fundraiser for Latimer House waits near the starting line wearing some of the high heels that were recently stolen from a shed at a transitional housing location belonging to the shelter.



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A team of competitors in the Men in Heels fundraiser for Latimer House waits near the starting line wearing some of the high heels that were recently stolen from a shed at a transitional housing location belonging to the shelter.

Authorities are seeking some sole-less thieves after Latimer House reported it was deprived of 100 pairs of high heels the nonprofit group uses for an annual fundraiser.

The shoes, an assortment of stilettos and pumps in men’s sizes 10 and larger, were stolen along with Christmas gifts for women who are the victims of domestic violence.

The items, stolen April 16, after thieves forced their way into a locked storage shed near one of Latimer House’s transitional housing shelters.

All the items are valued at about $5,000, Hilltop spokesman Michael Green said.

“There were some very nice designer shoes in there,” he said. “It’s very much the grinch who stole Christmas kind of story.”

This year will mark the fourth-annual Men in Heels race for Latimer House.

The event occurs during the last farmers market of the season in September.

Green said the race will occur this fall, but it will set the organization back some money and time to again locate dozens of the generously sized footwear.

Some favorite styles included a bumblebee heel, aptly striped black and yellow, and another pair with the symbol of Switzerland’s flag, a cross, on the toe.

The event with the tagline “A real man would run a mile in her shoes” gathers teams of men to run a mile in a relay race in downtown Grand Junction. It’s Latimer House’s second-largest fundraiser, following the sale of Extraordinary Women mugs, a fundraiser going on now, Green said.

The theft of the gifts also is a blow to the organization, he said.

Latimer House uses the donated items to set up a free shop for women to pick out Christmas gifts to give as presents to loved ones.

Green said the Grand Junction police officers who responded to the theft report were aware of the shoes stolen from Latimer House.

“They run in the race,” he said. “I’m sure they took this quite seriously.”

Grand Junction police spokeswoman Kate Porras said officers have not yet received any tips in the case.

Anyone with information about the stolen items should call the non-emergency dispatch number, 242-6707, or report it anonymously to Crime Stoppers of Mesa County, 241-7867 or online at http://www.241stop.com.



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