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Like Spike Lee once exclaimed, “It’s gotta be the shoes!”

No, really. The Nike Air Max 97 must be some kind of shoe if a jail guard found them worth going to jail over.

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That’s what authorities are saying about a Florida sheriff’s deputy who is accused of stealing an inmate’s $250 Nike Air Max 97 limited editions, the Associated Press reports.

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Nicholas Frank Rudders was booked into his own jail, where he is a detention deputy, on a charge of petit theft.

Authorities say surveillance video captured Rudders filching the sneakers belonging to the inmate, who was not named, but who did file a report seeking the return of his property.

According to the AP, “Rudders told investigators someone had told him he could take the shoes.”

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Sounds like someone told him wrong.

Rudders was released on bond and suspended from his job without pay.