Thomas Langenbach, a 47-year-old vice president of global software giant SAP, purchased hundreds of boxes of Legos from Target stores at vastly discounted prices by covering the bar codes on the boxes with his own fake bar code stickers.
Loss prevention specialists at one of the Target stores used surveillance cameras to identify Langenbach as their suspected serial Lego thief and sent fliers to area stores warning them of the incidents. Store security caught Langenbach in the act on May 8, and he was later arrested.
A search of Langenbach's $2-million San Carlos home produced hundreds of unopened boxes, including dozens of the same set. Investigators believe he sold 2,100 items on EBay in just more than a year, netting about $30,000.
Langenbach was charged with four felony counts of second degree burglary. Each count represents the number of confirmed visits to Target stores where theft allegedly occurred. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison.
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