Police are investigating the theft of more than $135,000 in high-priced shoes from a Cape Coral store.
The theft was reported Saturday at the Comfort By Design Shoe store on Del Prado Boulevard South.
An employee, Donna Adair, said that she came to work Saturday morning and noticed that the back door had been forced open.
She told police that many pairs of shoes were missing from racks in the back room and she called police.
Owner Rosemary Armstrong said that nearly 1,100 pairs of shoes that sell for more than $250 a pair were stolen, bringing the total loss to more than $135,000.
She said that the thieves only took the expensive brands, including Mephisto and Birkenstock, and left the cheaper brands behind.
Officer V.C. Minillo found that the thieves cut the phone and cable lines to the complex where the store is located.
The officer said the burglar alarm apparently malfunctioned and did not go off when the store was broken into.