A shop owner is headed to court for dealing in stolen merchandise — 171 Lego toy sets that had been swiped from another retailer in Seattle.
In July, Seattle police launched Operation MandalOrganized Retail Theft, a name based on the fact that a shoplifter had repeatedly stolen Lego sets, frequently making off with ones from the Star Wars spinoff TV series The Mandalorian.
Seattle police said in a news release that the store's loss prevention official said the thief had taken more than $10,000 worth of merchandise.
Another employee noticed that a store near Pike Place advertised it was selling many of the same items that had been stolen. When store officials checked out the store, many of the items still had RFID tags on them. They alerted police.
"While the detective was at the store, the prolific shoplifter arrived and sold multiple items to the shop's owner," the Seattle Police Department said in its release. "Through additional undercover work, police determined the owner was knowingly trafficking stolen goods, and ... officers served a warrant at the store."
The 67-year-old store owner was arrested for trafficking in stolen property. The search continues for the shoplifter.