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Feb 9, 2016 4:42 PM

Police: Legos new target for thieves; attempted theft reported from Epping Wal-Mart

EPPING — Lego building blocks have become the latest target of thieves who resell the items online to make money, according to police.

Justin Laforge, 29, of Manchester, was recently charged with trying to steal $890 worth of Legos from the Wal-Mart in Epping. He was approached by a store employee as he was leaving and allegedly took off without the toys.

“Lego thefts are on the rise due to their popularity, cost and pawn value,” police Capt. Jason Newman told the Union Leader.

Police in many towns and cities across the country have reported major Lego theft rings. New Hampshire is just the latest state to see thieves targeting the plastic blocks.

“They’re definitely hitting the Wal-Marts and the Kmarts. They’re smaller items and expensive items and they’re easily re-sold on Craigslist and eBay,” said Heather Newell, a police prosecutor.

During their investigation into Laforge, Newman said police learned that similar Lego thefts were reported recently in Concord and Nashua.

Concord police Lt. Timothy O’Malley said several items were stolen from a Toys “R” Us on Jan. 4 that included Legos.

Laforge is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 25 in the Brentwood Circuit Court.

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