Thief tries to sell stolen Magic: The Gathering collection worth $10,000 to victim’s boss, gets arrested, goes to jail
When a man walked into a local gaming store in Tucson offering to sell thousands of dollars worth of Magic: The Gathering cards, the store’s owner knew to call the police right away. The cards belonged to a Shannon Rezendes who reported the theft, her Magic: The Gathering collection was worth over $10,000.
Shannon Rezendes said she and a roommate noticed their house had been burgled when they returned home this week. Other than some gaming consoles, a backpack was also missing from their other roommate’s bedroom. Knowing it contained a valuable collection, Rezendes said she called the Tucson police and several local game stores straight away to alert them about a potential sale.
Amazing Discoveries’ owner Dustin Ochoa said someone promptly rang the store looking to sell the cards. Ochoa said that he suspected the cards belonged to his employee, so he talked the man on the phone in to bringing the cards into the store for a closer inspection.
“I knew exactly what cards were his,” Dustin Ochoa said.
When the suspected thief returned to collect his money, officers from the Tucson Police Department were there in hiding and waiting for him. He said they followed the man out of the store and connected him to the burglary.
“The owner of the cards actually considered giving up on his life-long hobby,” Ochoa said, “It’s great to see how quickly fellow gamers can come together and help the situation.”
From social media posts to local game store owners calling each other back and forth with information, Ochoa said the Magic: The Gathering community is about more than a card game.
“The real big thing that I want to take away from this is how tight-knit and awesome the community is in Tucson and how they really look out for each other,” he said.
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