LAPD Harbor Division Busts LEGO Theft Ring

71-Year-Old California Man Charged As Mastermind In Elaborate LEGO Theft Ring

LAPD Harbor Division Busts LEGO Theft Ring
LAPD Harbor Division Busts LEGO Theft Ring

In a stunning revelation that has captivated the attention of LEGO enthusiasts and law enforcement alike, authorities in Southern California have uncovered an intricate theft ring involving the iconic building blocks.

The Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) meticulous investigation has led to the arrest of two individuals allegedly responsible for orchestrating a sophisticated scheme to steal and resell thousands of LEGO sets.

The LAPD’s investigation into the LEGO theft ring first gained traction in December 2023, when a retailer on North Gaffey Street in San Pedro reported a series of robberies to the authorities. Loss prevention staff at the store were able to identify a suspect, 39-year-old Blanca Gudino, as the individual responsible for the thefts.

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As the investigation progressed, the LAPD uncovered the involvement of a 71-year-old man named Richard Siegel, who was allegedly the mastermind behind the elaborate theft ring, and his accomplice, 39-year-old Blanca Gudino of Lawndale.

Authorities claim that Gudino would target LEGO stores across Southern California, stealing the valuable toys, and then delivering them to Siegel at his residence in Long Beach.

The scale of the theft operation was truly astounding. When the LAPD executed a search warrant at Siegel’s home on June 5th, they discovered over 2,800 boxes of stolen LEGO toys, ranging in value from $20 to well over $1,000 per set.

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The LEGO theft ring’s success was fueled by the growing demand for rare and collectible LEGO sets in the resale market. As the LAPD investigation revealed, Siegel had been actively advertising the stolen LEGO toys online, attracting a steady stream of buyers who were eager to acquire these highly sought-after items.

Both men were arrested on Grand Theft charges.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to call Harbor Area detectives at (310) 726-7900. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”

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