International Lego block thief arrested in France

In June 2020, three Poles were arrested by French police when they broke into a toy store in Paris. Investigations have revealed that the three were members of an international criminal organization specializing in the

block toy 'Lego.'

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With a history of more than 80 years, 'Lego' is a toy sold all over the world, featuring a design with a round protrusion on a small plastic body. Many types have been sold so far, but

some series such as 'Star Wars Millennium Falcon ' are priced at over 100,000 yen.

'Lego theft cases' that pay attention to the rarity and portability of Lego are occurring all over the world. As a result of the investigation, the three arrested have admitted that they are members of a criminal organization specializing in Lego and that they were involved in the theft cases that occurred in France in 2019 and 2020.

Lego is an attractive toy not only for children but also for adults, and demand is increasing due to restrictions on going out due to the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19). Gerben van IJken, who runs an auction site for LEGO collectors, said that in 2020 sales doubled from the previous year, 'often traded more than 1000 times a week, and LEGO products are often traded. It will be out of print in about two years, so it is inevitable that there will be a second-hand market (useful for resale and buying and selling stolen goods). '

It is said that some Lego theft cases recorded damage of about 20 million yen at one time. It is said that many damages have been reported not only in France but also in the United States, Canada and Australia in the past five years.

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