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Is ‘organized crime syndicate’ stealing Legos?

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Is ‘organized crime syndicate’ stealing Legos?

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Jun 3, 2014

Police in Australia say toy store robberies in the country look to be the work of an “organized crime syndicate.” But the thieves are stealing just one thing: Legos.

The thieves have hit the same Melbourne store twice, removing and stealing the door each time using a method police say is the hallmark of pros. So far, they’ve made off with $15,000 worth of the toys from the store, according to U.K. newspaper The Guardian.
 
That store, Toyworld, was hit on May 24 and again on Sunday.
 
“There’s a lot of other things they could probably steal that would be worth a lot more … but they’re only targeting Lego,” the store’s owner, Werner Baumann, told 3AW radio, The Guardian reports.
 
The thieves stole mostly Lego Technic and Lego City brands, and Bauman says the volume of merchandise stolen would have required at least two or three people and “a van of some sort.”
 
Baumann also said a number of smaller toy shops in the area had been hit by thieves targeting Legos, which he says in the past twelve months had become “one of the hottest toy properties in Australia.”
 
The likely reason? As The Guardian reports, the animated, 3D feature “The Lego Movie,” has grossed more than $400 million worldwide at the box office.”