71-year-old shopper finds $5,200 stuffed in toe of sneaker


Registered User
Jan 26, 2005
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — You might call them an extremely pumped up pair of Reeboks.

A 71-year-old shopper and a sales clerk at Dillard's in the Indian River Mall said they found more than $5,200 in cash stuffed in the toe of a black Reebok sneaker Tuesday morning, according to a report by the Indian River County Sheriff's Office.

The store clerk had brought out the shoes from a stockroom box when the customer asked for a pair of size 10 shoes, the report states. The customer found the money when he was trying on the shoes. He reached in the sneaker, expecting to grab some tissue paper normally stuffed inside shoes, but grabbed a wad of cash instead.

The store's accounting department did not have any money missing from the store's safe, the report said.

The manager at Dillard's told the Sheriff's Office the shoes likely had been previously purchased and returned, based on the way the shoes were laced; the lacing style was different than the way the factory laces them.

But there's no Cinderella to this tale for now. Since the owner of the money couldn't immediately be found, it was turned over to the Sheriff's Office for evidence.

Sheriff's spokesman Jeff Luther said the cash will be held for 90 days and advertised as lost property. The Sheriff's Office policy is if no one claims the property in three months, it goes to the person who found it.

The mall customer who tried on the dollar-filled shoe declined to comment.

A Vero Beach man found $5,210 inside a shoe at a store in the Indian River Mall Tuesday. Here's the breakdown of the cash by denomination, as counted by two deputies for the Indian River County Sheriff's Office:

•26 — $100 bills

•39 — $50 bills

•33 — $20 bills


The Only Thing Bigger Than My Head
Feb 15, 2005
Elkton, MD
Anybody who has this kind of good fortune and tries to be honest = douchebag.