Store Says Man Stole Pokémon Cards, Then Tried To Sell Them Back

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Selling stolen goods to the place you took them from in the first place may not be the most brilliant of thievery plans, but it certainly saves on police paperwork. This is the alleged crime of a Washington man, who the Bellingham Herald reports stole a whole bunch of Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering cards, then later tried to sell them back to the same store. Ingenious.

As spotted by Game Rant, the Washington State paper reports that a man is suspected of stealing a hefty $20,000 of Pokémon and Magic cards from a card store located in the wonderfully named Whatcom County (fun fact: it’s derived from the Lummi for “noisy water”), spitting distance from the Canadian border. Around midnight on August 9, the suspect is reported to have smashed the glass door of the Cosmic Games store (the original report doesn’t name the store, but we’ve identified it from the address), then grabbed a range of items, including the TCG packs.

It might have been the perfect heist, had the individual not returned to the scene of the crime to attempt to offload the exact-same stolen goods. Almost a month later, on September 3, the suspect is alleged to have entered the store to try to sell back cards he’d nicked only a few weeks before.

Daily News | Online News Inside Cosmic Games, featuring packed shelves and paint for miniatures.

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Staff at Cosmic recognized the man (we’ve reached out to Cosmic to ask for more details, including how they were able to recognize him, and will update should they get back to us), and confronted him, during which the Herald reports he “became belligerent,” and is described as saying, “I’ll rob you again,” before leaving. However, America’s Best Thief managed to leave the pile of cards in the store in his temper. Perfect.

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Having identified they were certainly cards that had been stolen from them, the store’s staff contacted the police, and provided them with a photograph of the suspect. The police went on to arrest the master criminal, finding not only more Pokémon cards, but also fentanyl and methamphetamine. The police say that, so far, $8,000 of the missing merch has been recovered.

He was charged with second-degree burglary, first-degree theft, second-degree possession of stolen property, first-degree trafficking, and best of all, malicious mischief, then released from jail “on personal recognizance” last Sunday, September 4.

We’ve reached out to the Bellingham Police Department to ask for any further details, and to see if any more of the stolen merchandise has been recovered, and will update should we hear back.

And by the way, if you live in the area, Cosmic Games looks fantastic. But, you know, pay for your stuff.

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