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Lego thieves steal thousands of dollars worth of block sets

After nearly five months of investigating, police in Arizona have made arrests in a so-called Lego laundering scheme.

KPHO: "I've been at this quite a while, and it never ceases to amaze me the length that people will go through to get their money."

Police say they've found a whopping $200,000 worth of Legos and that at least $40,000 of the children's toys were stolen from Phoenix area Toys "R" Us stores. All the Legos were able to fit into three cargo trucks. The discovery came after police obtained search warrants for the homes and storage lockers of four people thought to be involved. (Video via KNXV)

Now KTVK says those four have been arrested in connection with the massive theft. They're each facing different charges, including fraudulent schemes, organized retail theft and trafficking stolen property.

The Arizona Republic reports the stolen Lego sets cost anywhere between $99 and $500. According to the paper, police say two of the suspects went to multiple stores and managed to get the merchandise out without setting off any alarms. Those two, along with another suspect, allegedly sold them at a discounted price on the streets and to a fourth suspect, who then sold them online for a profit.

Police say they're not sure how long the alleged ring was doing business. But surprisingly, this wasn't the only high-profile Lego heist over the weekend. A New York woman tried pulling off an illegal Lego selling business on her own.

WNBC reports a Long Island woman is accused of stealing hundreds of boxes of Lego sets from one storage facility and trying to sell them on eBay for a profit. They were reportedly worth about $60,000.

And turn the calendar back a year, and you'll find another extreme case of Lego theft. Gizmodo reports a Silicon Valley executive pleaded no contest to stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of Legos and hiding them in his $2 million home.

Police in Arizona are saying more people might be involved in the alleged Lego scheme.

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