Thieves Arrested in Southern California with $300,000 Worth of Stolen Lego Sets

Four middle-aged thieves were apprehended in Southern California this week after being found in possession of approximately $300,000 worth of stolen Lego sets. The suspects, aged between 35 and 47, targeted various stores including Target, Home Depot, and Lowe’s in search of limited-edition Lego box sets. The stolen merchandise was then distributed across four separate stash houses located in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

This incident is not an isolated occurrence, as similar thefts have been reported in Philadelphia and Green Bay. Even a specialized Lego store in Las Vegas, which opened in 2022, fell victim to theft multiple times by the end of 2023, leading to what Inside Edition has dubbed a national wave of “Lego Larceny.”

The demand for rare and highly sought-after Lego sets has created a lucrative online market, with prices rivaling those of precious metals or cryptocurrencies. For instance, kits that transform into “Star Wars” spaceships often fetch prices exceeding a thousand dollars. The value of a set that replicates Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon fluctuates between $1,000 and $4,000, according to the website Work + Money.

Numerous reports of Lego thefts have emerged, featuring criminals breaking through glass storefront doors and raiding toy shops while concealing their identities with masks and dark hoodies. Security footage has captured one particularly determined thief, struggling to reach the most valuable Lego boxes stored on the top shelf, reminiscent of a connoisseur seeking fine Scotch.

The four individuals arrested in Southern California this week have been charged with offenses related to organized retail theft, grand theft, and conspiracy. If you possess any information regarding suspiciously sourced Lego sets or any other form of organized retail theft, you are encouraged to report it to the California Highway Patrol.

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