Las Vegas, NV – A Lego store owner in the southwest Las Vegas Valley is frustrated by a string of thefts that have targeted his business in recent months.
Edgar Garcia, owner of Bricks and Minifigs, says his store has been hit by thieves three times since it opened less than a year ago. The latest incident occurred on Sunday morning when a thief used a small hand device to break the store’s glass front door.
Garcia says the thief was after cash in the register but didn’t find any there. They then tried to break through a door to a back room but were unsuccessful. The thief left without taking any Legos.
Garcia believes the thief may have known the layout of the store, as they were able to quickly locate the register and back room.
The store has also been the target of two other thefts in recent months. In July, a man was captured on surveillance footage walking out of the store with several Lego sets without paying. In March, another thief broke out glass in the store’s front door and stole Legos.
Garcia says the thieves have stolen Legos that cost up to $500 a set. He estimates that he has lost several thousand dollars in merchandise and repairs.
“It’s just easier,” Garcia said of why he believes his store has been targeted. “We’re easier targets, and it sucks.”
Garcia is making additional security changes to his store, including installing a security gate outside the entrance. He has also notified the police about all three incidents and is asking for the public’s help in catching the thieves.
“We’re in this for the long run,” Garcia said. “We’re not going to let small-time criminals stop us or shut us down.”
Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to contact the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Credits: Fox 5 Vegas
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