It went off without a hitch the first time. The second time went OK, too. Now, after more boxes of trading cards were carted out the door of a Target store by a suspected thief, crime stoppers in Virginia are sounding the alarm.
Police there are looking for a man they believe is responsible for a trio of trading card thefts between November 10 and December 15.
Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers have posted photos of a man they’re looking for. They say he stole several boxes of cards from a store on Southpark Boulevard in Colonial Heights–that’s just south of Richmond, then returned to the same store December 7 and pilfered more packages.
Eight days later, they say he was back again, concealing several packages of baseball, basketball and Pokémon trading cards as he left the store without paying. In total more than $1,000 in merchandise was stolen.
It wasn’t revealed how the man has been able to elude store security so often in such a short period of time.
He was last seen leaving the area in a red Toyota SUV with a white sticker on the left side of the liftgate.
Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward to anyone who has information and can help crack the case.
Target took most boxes of cards off its shelves nationwide in May after a series of incidents involving customers as the market for flipping boxes became extremely profitable. While many of the more popular boxes have yet to make a return, Target has begun restocking some product on a regular basis in some areas.