Usain Bolt says the Orange Puma running shoes he signed were stolen from an industrial site in Croydon last week, and are worth about $20,000. Bolt tweeted a message to his 3.3 million followers about the incident.
“I know u love me..but please why u had to go stealing that signed Usain Bolt spikes ..I know u going to return it. Right?”
The Olympic medalist wore the Puma cleats when he broke the world record for the 100m dash in 2009.
“All you had to do was just ask me for one..No need to go stealing the ppl things..Come on now,” he wrote. About two hours later Bolt posted another photo showing him signing new pairs of running shoes accompanied by the tweet: “Only natural I sign sum spikes after one of my overly excited fan stole that one..FedEx straight to London later.”
The orange Puma shoes were reportedly auctioned off during a sporting memorabilia sale at Sotheby’s in November 2012.
The shoes were among several items stolen during a burglary at the commercial premises. Police believe the burglary took place between April 26 and April 28. Officers have urged anyone with information who has been offered the item to purchase to contact Croydon CID on 0203 276 2287.
Bolt, 27, is the first man to win six Olympic gold medals in sprinting.