Lego Thief Hunted As Bricks Nicked In Australia
A spate of thefts of Lego building blocks has been reported across Australia, with £40,000 worth stolen in a number of daring heists from toy shops.
The raids, however, are far from child's play with audacious thieves using angle grinders, removing panes of glass and cutting off CCTV cameras when breaking into stores to steal the plastic bricks.
Break-ins have occurred across the states of New South Wales and Victoria.
The latest was in the town of Lismore, where £11,000 worth of the colourful bricks were stolen.
Toy Kingdom owner Carey Horner told The Daily Telegraph his store had been hit twice.
"After the first robbery we improved our security," Mr Horner said.
"The fact he had a grinder ready to go to punch out the locks shows he was well prepared."
Police are building a picture of a suspect they think could be responsible.
They believe a man in his 50s or 60s is behind some or all of the raids.
By connecting the pieces Detective Senior Constable Ian Porter told radio station 3AW he suspected the Lego was being sold online or at markets.
"(It's important) that the public are aware of any market or market stalls that are selling Lego, in particular the Lego†Technic brand and the Lego†City brand," he said.
The building bricks are more popular than ever after the recent Lego†Movie.†
The thieves targeted more expensive versions of the toy, individual sets of which can retail for hundreds of pounds.