High-Tech Executive Accused of ... Lego Theft

Silicon Valley exec used his own bar codes at stores, say cops
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2012 6:57 PM CDT
High-Tech Executive Accused of ... Lego Theft
Lego fans are diligent.   (Shutterstock)

Legos? The San Jose Mercury News weighs in with the tale of a Silicon Valley executive accused of using his high-tech skills to steal, yes, Legos. Lots and lots of Legos. Thomas Langenbach of software giant SAP allegedly created his own bar codes, then made the rounds of local Target stores buying boxes of the toys at his own cut-rate prices. He then turned around and sold them on eBay, say police.

"In his house, we found hundreds of boxes of unopened Lego sets," says a police spokeswoman. "He sold 2,100 items in just over a year on eBay, and made $30,000." That house, by the way, is worth $2 million, points out the Mercury News, which refers to Langenbach as the "larcenous Lego mega-moocher." Click for the full story, which explains how Target employees cracked the case. (More strange stuff stories.)

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