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(Sun Sentinel)   Mother and son arrested for shoplifting thousands of dollars in toys across all 50 states   (sun-sentinel.com) divider line 31
    More: Florida, Broward Sheriff, Tamarac, Toys R Us, Organized Retail Crimes Unit  
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2012-08-11 09:35:10 AM
I bet they got all the Darth Vaders with removable helmets.

Assholes.
 
2012-08-11 10:08:41 AM
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/drtfa
//hopes they actually stole a cycle- that would be awesome
 
2012-08-11 11:22:25 AM
FTFA of the article: "The term for this is 'box stuffing,'" Rossman said.

Weird I watched the short clip yesterday upon which was also called "Box Stuffing." Interestingly this also involved toys.
 
2012-08-11 11:48:40 AM
So these are the assholes that stole all the Equestria Map posters from the local Walmart?
 
2012-08-11 11:49:33 AM
He should have stayed in the Quarter.

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2012-08-11 11:50:37 AM

"He [had] stolen internationally and that somewhat scared him, because international law isn't exactly like America," he said. "If you steal there you could lose your hand, and he didn't think that was the wisest decision."


Yeah, things can be pretty crazy out there in international.
 
2012-08-11 11:52:19 AM
Something almost poetic about stealing legos in a megablocks box.
 
2012-08-11 11:56:47 AM
Sounds fishy...alot of those little expensive items have RFID type anti-theft devices in them.
 
2012-08-11 11:57:25 AM

KaiserRoll: Something almost poetic about stealing legos in a megablocks box.


Yeah that made me chuckle. Seriously though the lego resale market is crazy, there are people who make a living selling the stuff and they don't even have to steal it.
 
2012-08-11 12:00:23 PM
More than $30 billion worth of merchandise is shoplifted nationally and more than $100 million worth is stolen in Florida annually, according to National Retail Security surveys.

Something seriously wrong with one of these two numbers. - by these numbers FL has ~1/20th the population of the US but only 1/300th the shoplifting. Either that or 30 billion - which I have got to believe is at least too large by an order of magnitude. Not that companies would claim more than they actually lost for tax purposes.... no, they'd never do that.
 
2012-08-11 12:00:47 PM
"Remember, snitches get stitches"
www.cracked.com
 
2012-08-11 12:00:50 PM
Legos are freaking expensive these days, so 'millions' is a reasonable assertion.
 
2012-08-11 12:01:35 PM
Way to go. Show those immigrants how it's done. USA!
 
2012-08-11 12:06:30 PM
I began reading this thinking it was about a Mother and her little kid! Not 70 and 46!
 
2012-08-11 12:08:39 PM
"...two Mindstorm Lego sets, worth $330 each..."

Wait... what?
 
2012-08-11 12:09:34 PM

LeroyBourne: Legos are freaking expensive these days, so 'millions' is a reasonable assertion.


They're also freaking awesome these days.

When I was a kid, Legos came in two flavors: firemen and astronauts. If you wanted an alien you had to build it your own damn self. And if you wanted them to move you had to use your hand and this "imagination" thing that wasn't even included in the box.

/Get off my lawn
//You might step on a Lego
 
2012-08-11 12:10:15 PM
Pray 4 Mojo: Wait... what?

The mindstorms are the robotic lego kits. They have servo motors and actuators built into the Techniq-style legos which allow it to be automated and programmed by a computer.
 
2012-08-11 12:17:42 PM
He, his mother and another man would enter a store, grab an affordable item in a big box, empty it and hide the contents elsewhere in the store. He would then fill the large box with smaller, more expensive items, seal it with tape...

How did no one notice them doing this for so long?
 
2012-08-11 12:19:14 PM
Hand Banana: He, his mother and another man would enter a store, grab an affordable item in a big box, empty it and hide the contents elsewhere in the store. He would then fill the large box with smaller, more expensive items, seal it with tape...

How did no one notice them doing this for so long?


Heh. You think all those cameras are real.
 
2012-08-11 12:25:18 PM
Lego sets go for $330??? Jesus.

When I was a kid, I had a 5 gallon bucket of legos that my dad brought home one day. Someone owed him money and he took the bucket as payment. I didn't realize it was a bucket of freakin' gold.
 
2012-08-11 12:26:50 PM

Krieghund: LeroyBourne: Legos are freaking expensive these days, so 'millions' is a reasonable assertion.

They're also freaking awesome these days.

When I was a kid, Legos came in two flavors: firemen and astronauts. If you wanted an alien you had to build it your own damn self. And if you wanted them to move you had to use your hand and this "imagination" thing that wasn't even included in the box.

/Get off my lawn
//You might step on a Lego


I look at the spread of bricks and customization possible with the series that replaced the Castle series (the only ones I collected as a kid) and I just don't see much to interest me. One I looked at several years ago had a moulded base rather than wall segments on a flat base. It looks snazzier, but how do I effectively integrate it into my mega-castle built around King's Castle and Black Falcon's Fortress? Without wall segments the style just does not mesh well with the older sets, in my opinion.
 
2012-08-11 12:33:11 PM
jtown: Lego sets go for $330??? Jesus.

When I was a kid, I had a 5 gallon bucket of legos that my dad brought home one day. Someone owed him money and he took the bucket as payment. I didn't realize it was a bucket of freakin' gold.


The ones that go for that price, the Mindstorms, are built with older teenagers and high school engineering/computer/robotics students in mind.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lego_Mindstorms

The LEGO Mindstorm series of kits contain software and hardware to create small, customizable and programmable robots. They include a programmable 'Brick' computer that controls the system, a set of modular sensors and motors, and LEGO parts from the Technics line to create the mechanical systems.
 
2012-08-11 12:35:31 PM

BolloxReader: Krieghund: LeroyBourne: Legos are freaking expensive these days, so 'millions' is a reasonable assertion.

They're also freaking awesome these days.

When I was a kid, Legos came in two flavors: firemen and astronauts. If you wanted an alien you had to build it your own damn self. And if you wanted them to move you had to use your hand and this "imagination" thing that wasn't even included in the box.

/Get off my lawn
//You might step on a Lego

I look at the spread of bricks and customization possible with the series that replaced the Castle series (the only ones I collected as a kid) and I just don't see much to interest me. One I looked at several years ago had a moulded base rather than wall segments on a flat base. It looks snazzier, but how do I effectively integrate it into my mega-castle built around King's Castle and Black Falcon's Fortress? Without wall segments the style just does not mesh well with the older sets, in my opinion.


somebody is still a virgin
 
2012-08-11 12:37:33 PM
Too Pretty For Prison: somebody is still a virgin

I can close my eyes and pretend if that's what you want, baby.
 
2012-08-11 12:44:44 PM

BronyMedic: Pray 4 Mojo: Wait... what?

The mindstorms are the robotic lego kits. They have servo motors and actuators built into the Techniq-style legos which allow it to be automated and programmed by a computer.


That's neat... still... who the Fark is buying their kids $300 Legos?

Guessing it's more 30y/o nerds buying them for themselves than anything else.
 
2012-08-11 12:51:34 PM
Pray 4 Mojo: BronyMedic: Pray 4 Mojo: Wait... what?

The mindstorms are the robotic lego kits. They have servo motors and actuators built into the Techniq-style legos which allow it to be automated and programmed by a computer.

That's neat... still... who the Fark is buying their kids $300 Legos?

Guessing it's more 30y/o nerds buying them for themselves than anything else.


It's a pretty huge thing in Advanced Placement/Gifted/Charter Schools.

Considering some of the competitions and exhibitions can let these kids walk away with full rides to prestigious, even Ivy League schools, it's a pretty impressive thing.
 
2012-08-11 01:03:52 PM

BronyMedic: Pray 4 Mojo: BronyMedic: Pray 4 Mojo: Wait... what?

The mindstorms are the robotic lego kits. They have servo motors and actuators built into the Techniq-style legos which allow it to be automated and programmed by a computer.

That's neat... still... who the Fark is buying their kids $300 Legos?

Guessing it's more 30y/o nerds buying them for themselves than anything else.

It's a pretty huge thing in Advanced Placement/Gifted/Charter Schools.

Considering some of the competitions and exhibitions can let these kids walk away with full rides to prestigious, even Ivy League schools, it's a pretty impressive thing.


Even the standard Lego sets are hella expensive. I was in charge of purchasing for a youth program, and dropped a few hundred bucks on about five buckets of blocks.
 
2012-08-11 01:28:16 PM

BronyMedic: It's a pretty huge thing in Advanced Placement/Gifted/Charter Schools.


I went to one of those competitions.

I was disappointed that they didn't fight in a giant glass cage.

They just went over bridges and picked up tennis balls and shiat... meh.

Oh... and no beer or nachos for sale.

Worst date ever.
 
2012-08-11 02:25:23 PM
I could have sworn Mama Fratelli had two bad sons....
 
2012-08-12 01:59:37 AM

jtown: Lego sets go for $330??? Jesus.

When I was a kid, I had a 5 gallon bucket of legos that my dad brought home one day. Someone owed him money and he took the bucket as payment. I didn't realize it was a bucket of freakin' gold.


My son has just hit lego playing age, and I finally got my mom to give me my old tub of space lego to pass along to him. Long story short, mom let a lot of kids play with it and lose most of it over the years. if I had the complete sets in good condition, I could probably sell them for thousands. Given that I have maybe a quarter of what I had originally and it is all beaten up and half chewed, it's pretty worthless now.

I have been trying to get a bulk purchase of lego and it is unbelievable how much they go for. I'm not surprised that bigger Mindstorms sets are worth hundreds.
 
2012-08-12 02:53:04 AM
His fricken eBay account is still active.

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