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PORTLAND, Oregon (COIN) – After a three-month investigation, two men were arrested at a Eugene toy store in early July after authorities discovered that thousands of Lego sets on display had been stolen, Springfield police announced.

On July 3, around 12:30 p.m., officers executed a search warrant at Brick Builders on Willamette Street after investigators discovered that the store owner knowingly purchased new, unopened Lego sets that he had stolen from other stores in the area, according to the SPD.

Police found the stolen Legos in store windows and seized 4,153 sets valued at over $200,000. Police told KOIN 6 News that officers had to use a U-Haul truck to retrieve the sets.

Police in Springfield find thousands of stolen Lego sets in toy store
Police in Springfield find thousands of stolen Lego sets in toy store
Police in Springfield find thousands of stolen Lego sets in toy store

Authorities then arrested Brick Builders owner Ammon Henrikson, 47, and Albert Nash, 57.

In several cases, suspects stole Lego sets worth several hundred dollars and then immediately exchanged them for cash at Brick Builders – often for just a fraction of the store value, police said.

During questioning, some suspects claimed that Brick Builders employees knew that the kits had been stolen recently. Officials also discovered that many of the suspects had used the money to buy illegal drugs, the SPD said.

Springfield police worked with theft prevention investigators from Target, Fred Meyer, Barnes & Noble and Walmart to confirm that the Lego sets were stolen from the retailers.

“We all feel the impact of organized shoplifting through the rising prices of the items we purchase for our families. With this awareness, SPD’s Crime Reduction Unit, with the support of our retail partners, works tirelessly to hold accountable those who knowingly participate in or facilitate shoplifting. SPD is proud of the work of our officers and we are committed to pursuing those behind these crimes in our community,” said Police Chief Andrew Shearer.

Henrikson and Nash are charged with organized shoplifting and theft.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Springfield Police Department.