Police arrested four people in connection with running a scheme to steal high-dollar Lego sets and sell them for a profit in the Phoenix area.
The suspects would shoplift Lego sets worth $99.99 or more and sell them on the internet or return them to Toys R Us for a refund.
Approximately 18 pallets of Legos were recovered in the investigation. The estimated retail value of the Legos is about $200,000, of which at least $40,000 is believed to have been stolen.
“It never ceases to amaze me the length that people will go through to get their money,” said Officer James Holmes of the Phoenix Police Dept. “I know that Mr. Koehler has a legitimate job, nice home and he makes a decent living without having to do this type of a crime.”
The suspects are facing charges of organized retail theft, trafficking in stolen property, fraudulent schemes, and illegal control of an enterprise. Detectives were working on the case for more than four months.