Stolen Lego sets, worth over $200,000 confiscated by Oregon police

Police in Oregon put the case together, piece by piece ... all leading to a massive LEGO bust where a toy store owner's accused of buying LEGOs stolen from his competitors. CREDIT: Springfield Police Department

An eye-popping amount of Lego sets swiped from local businesses were recently confiscated by Oregon police.

The Springfield Police Department said Tuesday its Crime Reduction Unit took possession of over 4,100 of the popular brick building sets on July 3 while executing a search warrant at a Eugene, Oregon toy store called Brick Builders. 

The search of Brick Builders occurred as part of an investigation that authorities had been conducting for three months. The Springfield Police Department identified Ammon Henrikson, the owner of Brick Builders, and another individual, Albert Nash, as alleged suspects in the case. 

Henrikson is facing accusations from the police that he "knowingly purchased new, unopened sets of Legos that had been stolen from local retail stores" including Target, Fred Meyer, Barnes & Noble and Walmart

The purportedly stolen sets that were seized amounted to over $200,000, the department said.

Individuals had allegedly "stole[n] hundreds of dollars’ worth of Legos and then immediately went to the Brick Builders store to exchange the stolen items for cash most often at a fraction of their actual retail value" on several different occasions, according to law enforcement.

"We all feel the impact of organized retail theft through the increasing cost of items we buy for our families," Springfield Police Chief Andrew Shearer was quoted as saying. "SPD is proud of the work of our officers, and we are committed to the pursuit of those behind these crimes in our community."

In a report released in September 2023, the National Retail Federation (NRF) noted that organized retail crime groups "often target specific items or types of goods."

Toys were among some of the "most frequently targeted" merchandise, along with footwear, candy, diapers, handbags, underwear, jewelry and cosmetics. Some others are shave products, apparel and certain electronics, the NRF report also said.