Police: Man steals $200,000 worth of Legos

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  1. Casshew

    Casshew Former Member

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    PORTLAND, Ore. - Agents had to use a 20-foot truck to cart away the evidence from a suspect’s house — mountains of Lego bricks. William Swanberg, 40, of Reno, Nev., is accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of the colorful plastic building blocks.

    Swanberg was indicted by a grand jury in Hillsboro, a Portland suburb, which charged him with stealing Lego sets from Target stores.


    Target estimates Swanberg stole up to $200,000 worth of the brick sets pilfered from their stores in Oregon, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and California. The Legos were resold on the Internet, officials said.

    Attempts to reach Swanberg at a county jail, where he was being held on $250,000 bail, were unsuccessful. It was not known if he had retained an attorney.

    Bar codes switched
    Swanberg is accused of switching the bar codes on Lego boxes, replacing an expensive one with a cheaper label, said Detective Troy Dolyniuk, a member of the Washington County fraud and identity theft enforcement team.

    Target officials contacted police after noticing the same pattern at their stores in the five western states. A Target security guard stopped Swanberg at a Portland-area store Nov. 17, after he bought 10 boxes of the Star Wars Millennium Falcon set.


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  3. fran

    fran Former Member

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    Wow!
    This guy has been busy. He's sold $600,000 worth of these since 2002!:eek:

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    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    That's a LOT of Lego's!!!!!
     

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