Davis Police arrest 2 men, recover $80,000 worth of Lego merchandise

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Davis police arrested two men after finding them with $80,000 worth of stolen LEGO sets and other items. Officials said the merchandise was stolen from numerous stores in Davis as part of a large-scale retail theft operation. “It’s usually organized with the intent of people going in looking for specific items that they can give to somebody else who will then sell it on some type of market,” said Deputy Chief Todd Henry.The suspects, 44-year-old Deyrick Bobeda of Elk Grove, and 28-year-old Adrian Chao of Sacramento, were arrested for organized retail theft and conspiracy-related charges.“For the most part we see large-scale organized like this. A lot of times they’re from cities that are not within our jurisdiction or within the city,” said Henry. Michael Kobayashi, who works at the Akiba HQ Anime store in Davis said some model kits can cost hundreds of dollars. “They can be sold pretty high,” said Kobayashi. “You just market down slightly and then you can just offload them really quickly.”Kobayashi said some of their other toy stores have been targeted in the past. “At one point one of our U-hauls got stolen and it had a ton of product that was at least $10,000,” said Kobayashi. He believes the high demand for these model kits makes it easy for thieves to make a profit. To protect their business Kobayashi said they have surveillance cameras and an alarm system set up. Davis Police told KCRA 3 they believe more people could be involved in this retail theft operation.That is why they are working closely with businesses to address the issue.

Davis police arrested two men after finding them with $80,000 worth of stolen LEGO sets and other items.

Officials said the merchandise was stolen from numerous stores in Davis as part of a large-scale retail theft operation.

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“It’s usually organized with the intent of people going in looking for specific items that they can give to somebody else who will then sell it on some type of market,” said Deputy Chief Todd Henry.

The suspects, 44-year-old Deyrick Bobeda of Elk Grove, and 28-year-old Adrian Chao of Sacramento, were arrested for organized retail theft and conspiracy-related charges.

“For the most part we see large-scale organized [theft] like this. A lot of times they’re from cities that are not within our jurisdiction or within the city,” said Henry.

Michael Kobayashi, who works at the Akiba HQ Anime store in Davis said some model kits can cost hundreds of dollars.

“They can be sold pretty high,” said Kobayashi. “You just market down slightly and then you can just offload them really quickly.”

Kobayashi said some of their other toy stores have been targeted in the past.

“At one point one of our U-hauls got stolen and it had a ton of product that was at least $10,000,” said Kobayashi.

He believes the high demand for these model kits makes it easy for thieves to make a profit.

To protect their business Kobayashi said they have surveillance cameras and an alarm system set up.

Davis Police told KCRA 3 they believe more people could be involved in this retail theft operation.

That is why they are working closely with businesses to address the issue.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.