BY ANGELA MATUA
Two employees at JFK airport were charged Friday with grand larceny for stealing 12 pairs of Nike’s unreleased Kevin Durant “KD8? sneakers.
According to prosecutors, the suspects — Calvin Colain Nelson, 23, of Springfield Gardens and Audley Russell, 47, of Jamaica — tried selling the sneakers through an Instagram account on Sunday, May 10, a day after the sneakers arrived at the airport.
The sneakers, which are valued at $200 each and not expected to be released until July, were being transported from a factory in Taiwan to Ontario, Canada, via JFK Airport. Officials were able to track down the JFK employees after a member of the Port Authority Police saw an Instagram picture displaying the serial number on the stolen box.
The two men were charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and released without bail following arraignment. They each face up to four years in prison if convicted.
Both defendants were ordered to return to court on June 18.