Police are compiling evidence against a group of ladies wearing denim hotpants who are accused of stealing Lego valued hundreds of pounds.
A replica of the Colosseum may retail for close to £500, while a Lego kit of the Millennium Falcon can cost up to £700.
The massive Lego sets that were taken, according to Kent Police, were not made public.
The suspects had their hair pulled back into ponytails and were sporting thick fake eyelashes and denim hot pants.
According to a spokeswoman, police probing the theft of expensive items from a business in Broadstairs have published CCTV photographs.
On Friday, September 2, 2022, at about 5.35 p.m., two sizable Lego sets were taken from a business in a shopping center on Margate Road.
Officers are now able to release CCTV photographs of three ladies who they would want to identify and talk to in order to further their investigations.
Anyone with information on the theft or the identities of those seen is urged to contact Kent Police at 01843 222289 and reference case number 46/172744/22.
Additionally, “you may complete the online form or phone Crimestoppers anonymously at 0800 555111.”
It follows the banning of three criminals from all B&M shops in England and Wales after they admitted to stealing Lego valued at more than £4,000 from multiple outlets.
Last week, three 22-year-olds named Conlon McDonagh, Tom McDonagh, and Patrick Ward went on a two-day rampage across B&M shops in Nottinghamshire.
A CCTV footage shows the mans casually leaving one store each carrying reusable shopping bags full of the Lego sets, which range in price from £15 to £75.
The theft of almost £4,000 worth of Lego sets from retailers in Worksop, Mansfield, and Netherfield on August 29 and 30 prompted the commencement of a manhunt.
The products featured playsets for Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario-Kart, as well as Disney Princess castles, Ninjago boxed sets, and Minecraft sets with the Lego name.
On Wednesday, August 31, a police officer driving near Newark on the A17 saw the men’s vehicle was packed to the brim with toys. This led to the men’s capture.
The three were detained and accused of stealing on three charges, to which they entered guilty pleas on September 2 at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.
After three persons were detained while stealing Lego, French police claim they have also begun to compile a case against an international ring of thieves who target toys.
In June 2020, police detained a woman and two men who were in the midst of stealing crates of Lego from a store in Yvelines, close to Paris.
The three individuals, who are all from Poland, apparently acknowledged being a member of an expert international Lego thieving group.
In light of the fact that certain Lego sets are highly sought after by collectors, authorities in France are now cautioning retailers and parents to be on their watch.
There are more instances of Lego being stolen in addition to the 3 that were detained in Paris.
Targeting Lego sets, burglars broke into stores in Victoria and New South Wales, Australia, and stole about £17,000 worth of the building blocks.
Four mans were detained in Phoenix, Arizona, in 2014 on suspicion of robbing a toy shop of Lego pieces.
Similar cases occurred in 2017, when 2,000 sets intended for UK children’s hospitals and charities were stolen, and in 2018, when a 20-year-old Lego enthusiast’s house was targeted and the majority of his collection, which dates back to 2004, was stolen.
Sales of Lego have increased on the French eBay, according to Gerben van Ijken, a Lego expert who provides advice for online auctions of collectibles.
According to him, investing in these items is nothing new, but the epidemic has brought this niche industry to whole new heights.
Due to health limitations and the explosion of the video game industry, people are spending more time at home.
According to van Ijken, another factor contributing to the surge in Lego sales over the last eight years has been the public’s realization of the enormous resale potential of kits.
He gave the example of a set that had been purchased in 2007 for €150 but had just been resold online for €2,500.