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Posted on Mon, Jul 22, 2013 : 12:50 p.m.

Police: $2,000 worth of custom shoes and other orthotics stolen from U-M center

By John Counts

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Police are investigating the theft of more than $2,000 worth of custom-made items from the University of Michigan Orthotics and Prosthetics Center.

U-M police said a $109 pair of shoes, a $250 pair of shoe inserts and a $1,980 "ankle-foot orthosis" have been reported stolen over the past two months for a combined value of $2,339.

One of the items was believed to have been taken from the center, located at 2850 South Industrial Highway, between June 8 and 27. The second item disappeared between June 14 and July 3, and the third item between June 25 and July 9, according to a U-M police crime summary.

There were no signs of forced entry. Police do not have any suspects at this time, but continue to investigate.

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Mon, Jul 22, 2013 : 10 p.m.

I thought I saw Chester Goode in town.


Tue, Jul 23, 2013 : 1:16 a.m.

Thank You.

Dan Patterson

Mon, Jul 22, 2013 : 8:25 p.m.

Seems like the thefts probably all happened at once. So, if you look at when the 3 time frames intersect, that would be June 25-June 27. Greatly narrows down the time frame when thefts probably occurred.

John of Saline

Mon, Jul 22, 2013 : 6:27 p.m.

Look for people walking funny.


Mon, Jul 22, 2013 : 7:07 p.m.

Those could just be the people whose orthotics got stolen so they don't have them yet.


Mon, Jul 22, 2013 : 6:15 p.m.

These professional orthotic black market networks are canny crews, stealthily criss-crossing the country, town to town, stealing to fill custom orders from the vast Transnitrian market. Those things are on a rusty freighter bound for the Dardanelles, crated as "NSA Call Logs". Or the whole thing could be an inside job.

An Arborigine

Mon, Jul 22, 2013 : 5:34 p.m.

Hope authorities can tie this one up and before the other shoe drops, give this perp the boot!


Mon, Jul 22, 2013 : 5:25 p.m.

These things are custom-made for a specific patient, aren't they?