Code Name: Swapenshizer
Crime: Most likely buys a set of figures, takes out the figures and pieces of figures he wants and replaces those items with others.
Code Name: Jimmy Autopsy
Crime: Buys a figure, dissects it to create his uber frankenstein action figure army and disgards the left over parts in the package, which he returns to the store for a full refund.
Code Name: Razor Guy (I let Leenie name him! She's great at naming.)
Crime: Walks up to a toy in full view of everyone and cuts a hole with a razor concealed in his sleeve. Once the hole is made, he yanks off the part of the figure he wants or just takes the entire figure.
While I'm being extremely sarcastic about this whole deal, the pics are real and obviously, the stores don't care enough to catch the ones responsible...SO..if you happen to be in the Central NJ area and see something like this on the pegs, or better yet, see the asshats in question trying to pull the crime, grab a manager and URGE them to catch them in the act. Then we'll be able to run a story like THIS ONE!! -
A mother and son stole more than $2 million in expensive toys by stashing them inside the boxes of cheaper products that they bought at Toys R Us stores across the U.S., authorities say.Ahhh sweet justice.
Broward County Sheriff's deputies say Michael and Margaret Pollara then sold the big-ticket items online, according to an arrest affidavit. They were arrested Thursday and face a bevy of theft charges. Both remain in jail, and it's not clear if either has an attorney.
Michael and Margaret Pollara visited 139 Toys R Us in 27 states, including California, Hawaii and New York, buying nearly $7,000 worth of small-ticket items to fuel their scam, according to the affidavit. Authorities were able to track Michael Pollara's purchases across the country because he used a Toys R Us rewards card for all of his purchases.
Authorities said the Pollaras trolled stores looking for inexpensive toys that came in large boxes. They then emptied out the contents and filled the large box with more expensive toys, including $150 Lego sets and Leapster Pads, worth $99 apiece. The pair would hide the cheap contents somewhere around the store and pay for the inexpensive large box filled with more expensive goodies. Seventy-year-old Margaret Pollara often worked as a lookout, according to the arrest report.
Authorities tracked the two for months, watching them allegedly steal from various stores around the state and later ship packages filled with toys. Michael Pollara, 46, had more than $900,000 in eBay and PayPal accounts, according to the report.
Authorities began following the two in May after a Toys R Us employee in South Florida noticed that several large Lego boxes were missing even though she had seen them on the shelf earlier that morning. Store video showed Michael Pollara carrying the Lego box in the toy aisle, but the video did not show him actually removing the contents. He used a Toys R Us rewards card, which helped authorities track his purchases around the country.