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Four people steal $200k in Lego from area TRU
PD: $200K in legos found in Phoenix theft bust
on Fri Aug 15, 2014 4:49 PM MST
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Police believed four individuals participated in the theft and sale of nearly $200,000 Lego products from multiple Phoenix metro "Toys R Us" stores. Image courtesy of Phoenix police.
Phoenix police have recovered an estimated $200,000 in Lego products, and arrested four people, during a months-long retail theft investigation.
In the 4 1/2-month investigation, police discovered that Garry Fairbee and Tarah Dailey, both 35, stole multiple Lego play sets from many Phoenix area "Toys R Us" stores, according to Officer James Holmes, spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department.
Each of the play sets taken were valued at $100 or more, according to police.
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The above link now has a video of the story. Not all of the $200k of Lego were stolen......police claim about 20% were stolen. Looks like the reseller was trying to get more product on the cheap.
Toys R Us should probably institute a policy of scanning the driver's license on lego returns to prevent that sort of thing. I'm guessing that eventually they put the dots together, and the guy's greed at trying to resell "mint" sets instead of damaged sets caught up to him.
So if you bought a damaged box set from a TRU in that city anytime in the last few months, wash your hands really good after handling that box, those weren't watermelons that caused that damage. :-/
I think this guy wanted to make better profits by adding stolen goods to his inventory.
This person's eBay account states, "This seller is currently away, and is not processing orders at this time. You can add this item to your watch list to purchase later."
1. Lego is stolen. Box get bashed.
2. Guy goes and buys set in shop.
3. Goes back with stolen set to get new.
The problem i have is why a shop would replace a bashed set bought in a shop. Posted set maybe, but not one from a shop as bashed sets would be reduced in price.
My mother is an Assistant Manager at a Walmart. She says they can't do anything to a person if they walk out of the store with stolen goods. The only thing they can do is wait until they leave the store and call the police/alert security. Many stores here actually have a police office on the premises.
Walmart also has a policy where they don't prosecute anyone for theft under $25.
@Crowkillers An investigation might need to last months if they suspect something more is going on, in order to accrue evidence to enable prosecution for an appropriate severity of crime... i.e. move in too quick, and all you'd catch is one or two suspects on a minor shoplifting charge for a few hundred dollars worth of stolen goods. Monitor over months, and you might get a truer picture of the operation, potentially discovering a team or network of accomplices, and a much more severe charge to hit them with, if they're found to be shifting hundreds of thousands worth.
On a visit three months back they had a pair locked up. They passed through a set of sliding doors which were instantly locked before approaching the outer doors which had already been locked. Nice instant jail cell with nowhere to go. Called the police and just waited for them to arrive. More than likely broke some laws by detaining them but they had watched on camera as they hid items inside clothing and it was non violent so I would call it a good result.
What was the point of that post? Is it your contention that only people in the US steal Lego?
I suppose I can handle banter as I sell at carboot sales. My buyers tend to enjoy it too if i am "rude"....
A lot of buyers accept Lego is expensive so just pay the price. Got rid of #4430 for a good price, too.
I also buy a fair bit of Lego at the carboot to resell on my stall...
To quote Hans Gruber, "shoot the glass". :)