Cops: Smooth criminal stole Michael Jackson shoes from Center City hotel

Entertainer Michael Jackson performs "Dangerous" during a taping of the American Bandstand's 50th anniversary show Saturday, April 20, 2002, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Entertainer Michael Jackson performs "Dangerous" during a taping of the American Bandstand's 50th anniversary show Saturday, April 20, 2002, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Posted: January 22, 2013

SOMEONE'S been "Bad."

Police are looking for the person who moonwalked off with a pair of signed Michael Jackson shoes - and the certificate of authenticity that went with them - from an auction at a Center City hotel early Sunday.

According to city police, who responded to the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, at 12th and Market streets, about 2 a.m. Sunday, hotel security was watching the room with the shoes in it when security officers left to handle an unknown incident at the other end of the hallway.

When the guards returned, the King of Pop's signed kicks were gone, along with their certificate of authenticity, police said.

Security scoured the hotel, but came up empty-handed, police said.

Authorities did not divulge the name or nature of the auction, but they did say that about 2,000 people attended.

According to its website, the 19th annual Hair O' the Dog gala, which bills itself as "Philadelphia's swankiest black-tie affair," was held at the hotel Saturday night.

A representative for the event did not return a call for comment, and a manager at the hotel said he was not allowed to comment on the theft.

The value of the shoes is unclear. A quick search shows that 8-by-10 signed photos of Jackson are selling online at prices from $800 to more than $2,000.

At MJCollectors.com, a pair of black leather loafers signed by Jackson are estimated to be worth $19,200.


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