The shop window of an Intertoys toy store in the Dutch town of Voorburg (near The Hague) was rammed with a white van just after 9:30 pm on Friday night, and according to the store manager, the perpetrators were likely targeting Lego and Pokemon items.
“Part of the facade is broken,” the manager told local broadcaster Omroep West . “Fortunately, we are prepared for this kind of attack, and we have laminated glass in the front, so they were not able to take much.”
Lego and Pokemon toys in demand
A ram raid on a toy store might seem unlikely, but the sums involved are high. “The Lego Masters program has made Lego very popular, and Pokémon is also worth a lot of money,” the store manager said.
The number of Lego-related thefts is on the rise. Both The Guardian and NPR have recently written about the increase in Lego crime, both in Europe and beyond. The limited-edition sets soon become collectors’ items, and easily fetch 4-figure or even 5-figure sums.
The toy store will remain closed today, and will open again on Monday. No one was injured in this “ram-raid” theft.
Immediately after the ram raid, the police started a search, in which a police helicopter was also deployed. Witnesses had seen that there were two men in the van, and gave the number license plate number to the police.
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The van that was probably used for the raid was later found in The Hague, and has been impounded for investigation. No arrests have yet been made.