Bandits have been targeting toy stores across Australia, making off with LEGO sets totaling $30,000.
At least four toy stores across Victoria and New South Wales are believed to have been hit by the thieves, suspected of then selling the bricks online.
The thieves have been gaining access to the toy stores by removing their front glass doors, before making away with thousands of dollars worth of LEGO.
Owner of Seymour Toyworld – one of the first to be hit in the crime spree on May 24th and 26th – Werner Baumann, said the robbers were highly organised and professional.
“These people are very smart in what they’re doing,” he told The Age.
“They understand how business works and how to break into places without leaving any evidence.”
He said that the offenders had stolen most of his LEGO stock, leaving the store with only ten per cent of what he usually has.
The thieves are suspected of so far hitting three Toyworld stores across the two territories as well as a Toy Kingdom.