New York – There’s a Huge Market for Lego, and a Collector Who Runs a website dedicated to toys It is said that that is why there is organized theft of famous toys.
In the latest incident, police in Seattle say they have arrested a store owner and recovered stolen Lego sets worth thousands of dollars.
Police say the investigation began in late July when a shop owner again contacted police regarding the shopkeeper. A business loss prevention representative told police that a suspect had repeatedly stolen Lego sets, often with Star Wars and “The Mandalorian” sets in particular.
The loss prevention staff estimated that the suspect stole more than $10,000 worth of products between July and September. Employees helped police identify the shopkeeper, and detectives began an investigation.
In early September, an employee at a Target business noticed a store in the 1500 block of Pike Place stocked with the same Lego sets and electronics that had been shoplifted from his store.
A loss prevention supervisor entered the store and found that many items still had RFID tags on them, indicating that they had previously been stolen from their business. He informed the police, and a detective went to the shop to investigate. When the detective was at the shop, he says that the shopkeeper came and sold many items to the owner of the shop.
Through additional covert work, police determined that the owner was intentionally smuggling in stolen goods, and officers issued warrants to the store.
Police seized thousands of dollars worth of stolen merchandise, including 171 Lego sets. Using RFID tags and unique identification numbers, the loss prevention representative identified 34 products originating in their stores that cost more than $2,000.
Authorities arrested the 67-year-old store owner on charges of smuggling stolen property and booked him in the King County Jail. It was not clear whether he had a lawyer.
This is not the only case. Police across the country are investigating Lego theft.
At the beginning of the year, there was a man Arrested in Oregon and accused of stealing sets of toys worth about $7,500.
NPR. According toThere’s a lot of money in Legos, especially those that come in limited editions and soon become collector’s items.
And in France, police were investigating an international Lego crime ring. Parisian reported that the thieves were part of a gang that stayed in hotels near Paris, roamed Audis, and “raided” toy stores for valuable Lego sets to resell in Poland.