An international LEGO Crime circle confuses the French police
We have something new to add to your Weird But Fascinating Things Bingo Card: LEGO Theft. And no, it’s much more than a target shot or a kid taking a set from a friend. Apparently, French police are on the trail of a long-time criminal team that steals the tiny DIY toys from children and businesses. The Guardian reports that there is a rogue Parisian gang that stays in hotels, roams the streets in an Audi and robs toy stores.
The bandits hope to win profitable LEGO sets for sale in Poland. This detail brings their exploits to the international level. The crew have been in their frenzy of flights since at least 2019 according to The Parisian, hitting stores like PicWicToys, Maxi Toys and La Grande RÃ©crÃ©. The French authorities are working to build their case against them; it is not known what they know about anyone in this circle other than the three people arrested last year.
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Of course, LEGO sets don’t initially sell for thousands of dollars. But it’s plausible that a vintage or special edition set could rack up some money. Either way, if you’re going to chase the LEGO flight, it looks like it would be more lucrative as a single-player mission. No one wants to split their profits in more than one way, do they? (By the way, we don’t encourage or condone theft.)
This isn’t the first time someone has stolen a LEGO set, of course. In 2012, a man stolen and sold lego sets, among others for a million online. Three years later, he was sentenced to five years in prison for retail theft and burglary. A similar fate may await the LEGO Crime Team … if the police catch up with them. We’ll have to keep our eyes on this story and see what happens. If nothing else, this is all great material for a future movie or TV series.