"Varmint" Thief Takes Pricey Boots

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SAINT JO, Texas (AP) - A boot maker has some choice words for a man who swiped a pair of $10,000 custom-made cowboy boots from his shop in Texas.

He says the thief is a "varmint" and a "low-life scum."

A man in his 20s came into Trail Town Custom Leather in Saint Jo last week wearing tennis shoes, but walked out with the award-winning boots on his feet when a worker was distracted by a phone call.

The hand-tooled leather boots have scenes of bronco-busting and a cattle drive, with green, full-quill ostrich bottoms. They won an award at the 2003 Boot and Saddle Makers Trade Show Roundup and have been featured in books and magazines.

There's a $1,000 reward for their safe return.