Police in San Diego have foiled a $100,000 crime ring – that specialised in Lego theft.
Five men are believed to have been part of the scheme, which involved walking into a Toys R Us, loading up shopping carts with Lego items, and then leaving the stores.
The gang’s ploy was foiled after they were caught on a surveillance camera making off with their toys. In addition to the Lego products, police said the organised crime ring had also been stealing Disney Frozen items.
Local ABC station 10News reported that three suspects – Liliana Marquez, 29, Juan Camacho, 26, and Elizabeth Bojorquez, 21, had been arrested, while a fourth was already in custody. The fifth member was on the run, police said.
It is unclear what the gang planned to do with their Lego stash, although there have been a spate of other Lego thefts in the past couple of years, where the masterminds sold the sets online.
In August 2014, Phoenix police arrested four people on suspicion of stealing Lego sets – again from Toys R Us. Officers recovered $200,000 worth of Lego products from one of the suspect’s houses, AZ Central reported at the time. The gang had been fencing the sets to an Arizona man who then sold them on the internet.
In the same month a woman was charged with stealing $60,000 worth of Lego sets and attempting to sell them on eBay.
The Lego-thieving ruse is not restricted to the US. In June 2014, toy stores in the Australian states of Victoria and New South Wales were targeted by “professional thieves”, according to The Age. Some $30,000 (AUD) of Legos were stolen over a period of several months.
A Lego model of the Sydney Opera House retails at $319.99 on Lego’s website. A Star Wars-inspired Death Star costs $399.99.
Well I’ll be a monkeys uncle. That plan didn’t work????? Going into Toys R Us and fleecing the lego toy isle and loading up the shopping carts like it’s SuperMarket Sweep and casually walk out the front door, that sounds like a perfect crime. No flaws to that planning. Danny Ocean couldn’t mastermind a more intricate theft. I mean technically in Ocean’s 11 they did carry the money right out of the front door just like these guys. If it wasn’t for those damn security cameras they didn’t think of. That stupid piece of technology that has innovated security and prevented millions of thefts and identified equally as many millions of criminals involved in robberies. Totally blanked on that one in the scheming process huh? Guess we all can’t be hardened criminal bass ass guys who steal Lego toys.
P.s- The real robbery is the god damn cost of all those lego models. 300 to 400 bucks???? my god. Fucking expensive toys that are prone to lose and injury to children and the most painful feeling when you step on a piece, thats the real crime.