Police Breakup Southern California Lego Theft Ring

If you’re going to feed your Lego fandom, we highly recommend that you go about it the legal way.

A pair of Long Beach residents learned a hard lesson in early June when they were arrested for allegedly stealing thousands of Lego sets from retail outlets in Southern California .

All totaled, Richard Siegel, 71, and Blanca Gudino, 39, swiped more than 2,800 boxes of Legos ranging in value from $20 to $1,000.

The brick castle began to collapase when Gudino initially appeared on the police’s radar for stealing Lego sets from a San Pedro shop in December. Police sprang into action in June after the genius Gudino hit the same shop’s Lakewood and Torrance locations.

Rather than assemble them one-by-one, the duo was, instead, reselling them online. The theft ring was so profitable that police even had to turn away interested buyers who showed up while the authorities were performing their search.

We suggest that as punishment, they should be made to walk barefoot across a floor covered in Lego bricks.

Indulge your Lego fandom the legal way here via hobbyDB!

Protect Your Pokemon Cards From…the Japanese Yakuza

If Pokemon has taught us anything since its inception nearly three decades ago, it’s that anyone will go to great lengths to add Pikachu and friends to their collection.

That includes the notorious Japanese organized crime syndicate the Yakuza.

Keita Saito, a lieutenant in the Yakuza’s Takinogawa family, was arrested recently in connection with an alleged home invasion. Among the 29 items targeted were 25 highly valuable Pokemon cards.

While we don’t necessarily think you have much to fear from the Yakuza, card theft is a real thing and arguably on the rise. That makes it a great idea to insure your valuable Pokemon cards. Protect yourself today with companies such as Sure insurance.

Earthquake Rattles Czech Diecast Museum

Tragedy can strike without warning nor regard as Eduard Pařízek and the Museum of Metal Models recently discovered the hard way.

The museum located in Týniště nad Orlicí sustained major damages as a result of a short, but powerful, earthquake on June 27 that shook the Czech city.

It’s estimated that Pařízek – who began amassing his collection of 1:43 and 1:64 scale models some 50 years ago – saw roughly a third of his 6,000-car exhibition damaged in the temblor.

Here some more and after shots –

Museum of Metal Models

Read more about the incident and Pařízek’s collection here.

Panic! Priceless Packard Plunges Into Pond

1938 Packard in pond

Aside from your own garage or a museum, there’s probably no safer place for a priceless classic car than a concours event. Not just any old show ‘n’ shine gathering, but a high-end concours d’elegance, where the spectators keep a respectful distance and no one does a burnout to impress everyone as they leave the park.

What could possibly go wrong?

The owner of this 1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight Convertible Sedan found out the hard way. The one of a kind car (literally… there is only ONE of this convertible/hardtop in existence) was parked on a gentle slope at the 2016 Councours D’Elegance at Port Royal Plantation, when it started to roll backwards. Into a pond.

1938 Packard in pond

The mostly submerged car was too heavy to be pulled out by volunteers. Divers had to be called in to attach cables so the car could be winched out.

Below is a video of the rescue effort.

While the car didn’t appear to be severely damaged, the repair bill must have added up quickly for the million dollar car. Just cleaning the mud and muck out of every little corner will probably cost a pretty penny. Let’s hope the owner had really good insurance coverage!

Heroic effort saves priceless items in museum flood

Museums have large staffs who can quickly act to prevent disaster. If you don't have that kind of manpower, you really need to insure your collection the right way.
Museums have large staffs who can quickly act to prevent disaster. If you don’t have that kind of manpower, you really need to insure your collection the right way.

Staff at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, B.C. are being credited for their quick action to stop major damage to the museum or to any of the priceless anthology of B.C. First Nations art during a massive flood yesterday.

The cascade that flowed down from the road was quickly stopped at the lobby. In all, 25 people sprang into action thanks in part to a thorough emergency preparedness plan, giant disaster preparedness kits, and a bit of good luck according to exhibition designer Skooker Broome.

“The waterfall was this incredible sight that was not something you should see. It wasn’t Niagara but it felt like it,” said Broome. “If this was 2 in the morning or even 6 o’clock at night without staff the remedial work that we did wouldn’t have happened.”

Read more at CTVNews Vancouver.

Buzz Lightyear doll thwarts Atlanta collection bin theft

Buzzlightyear-gps-jpg copy 2OWING MILLS, Md. —A Buzz Lightyear doll was pivotal in thwarting a string of recent thefts in Atlanta. Mid-Atlantic Clothing Recycling, based out of Maryland, used a GPS transmitter to help solve the thefts of clothes from its collection bins. A company employee placed the transmitter in a stuffed Buzz Lightyear doll in bag containing used clothing items.

GPS tracking is a cool idea, but good insurance and accurate records are safe ideas too. You can easily record and manage your collectibles at hobbydb.com. Read more at wmur.com

Marklin Museum Robbery 2005

The museum director had just taken seat at the breakfast table, with newspaper open, when the phone rang. The caller was the CEO of Marklin. That did not bode well. Very rarely he called privately at home and certainly not so early in the morning. The news was devastating and at breakfast, the newspaper was no longer conceivable to read. The scene was much worse than he had feared. The emergency exit door was damaged, display cases with glass over a centimeter thick were broken. Also on the wall with anti-theft cases, there were traces of forced entry.

Auguste Victoria

The complete historic Gauge I, Gauge 0, the Scale 00 from before 1945, steam engines, drive models and most tragically, the valuable ships “Auguste Victoria” and “Mecklenburg” and the extremely rare lighthouse were missing. The valuable figures of the ships, the captain of the “Auguste Victoria” was worth in good condition a 4-digit Euro sum at auction. Partially broken into fragments, a figure, a sailor, even completely, they were and gave testimony about which way the exhibits had left the premises. Clearly the burglars of the valuable pieces could not have been collectors or connoisseurs. The suspicion that the “loot” was subjected to abuse and roughly handled came on. The complete area surrounding the firm’s fence was then searched very carefully, but no more traces were found. Because of the amount of the stolen loot, with around 184 pieces missing, it was suggested that a truck would have been the getaway vehicle.

Read more at Marklinstop.com