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Ore. police recover $200K in stolen Lego sets, arrest retailer accused of reselling them

A search warrant executed at a retail store yielded more than 4,000 stolen Lego sets; interviews with employees indicated the owner knew the sets were stolen

By Joanna Putman

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A three-month investigation by the Springfield Police Department has led to the arrest of the owner of a toy store in Eugene, who has been accused of purchasing stolen Lego sets from local retail stores, TMZ reported.

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The investigation revealed that the owner of Brick Builders was allegedly buying new, unopened Lego sets stolen from stores such as Target, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, and Fred Meyer, according to the report. Police conducted a raid on Brick Builders and recovered more than $200,000 worth of stolen toys, totaling over 4,000 LEGO sets.

Authorities discovered that thieves were selling the stolen Lego sets to the store for a fraction of their retail value, then using the proceeds to purchase illegal drugs for personal use, according to the report.

The owner and another man have been charged with organized retail theft and first-degree theft by receiving, according to the report. Interviews with suspects indicated that employees at Brick Builders were aware the Lego sets were stolen.

A statewide task force initiated by the California Highway Patrol has assembled cross-jurisdictional teams in areas most impacted by retail crime