Thieves Who Stole $75,000 Magic: The Gathering Cards From Pat’s Games May Have Been Customers, by Joseph Dunlap

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"One has gloves, hoodie and nurses mask. As you can see in this picture. He is slight of build."

Pat’s Games in Austin on the Lookout for Burglars Who Stole $75,000 Worth of Magic: The Gathering Cards, Believes They Could Have Been Customers

There is an update on this case at the end of this report.

It’s all over the news – Pat’s Games in Austin was the target of a burglary early Sunday morning.

At around 1:00 a.m., two suspects ripped the front door off its hinges with a water meter turn key. It took over 5 minutes to break into the store, but the burglars were in and out of the store in the span of 15 seconds.

The total value of the Magic: The Gathering cards stolen? $75,000 (£52,400), give or take.

 

Pat’s Games

Pat’s Games is one of the leading game stores in Austin, Texas. The building itself is a small house converted into a store, and the outside was modified a few years ago to resemble a castle.

Thieves Who Stole $75,000 Magic The Gathering Cards From Pat's Games May Have Been Customers

On the way to the front door, customers traverse a small bridge over a pond. The interior of the store is packed to the brim with spaces for customers to play games. There is also a patio outside with additional gaming tables.

Thieves Who Stole $75,000 Magic The Gathering Cards From Pat's Games May Have Been Customers

The store’s atmosphere, competitive prices, and generous prize support makes it a favourite spot for many gamers in the north Austin area. The owner, Pat Johnson, is well liked by her customers. The Magic: The Gathering tournaments often fill the store to capacity.

Pat’s Games has also sponsored a few players attending large tournaments such as Grand Prix and StarCityGames Open tournaments. Robert Berni, winner of the 2014 StarCityGames Open in Pheonix, wore a Pat’s Games t-shirt during his victorious showing.

Thieves Who Stole $75,000 Magic The Gathering Cards From Pat's Games May Have Been Customers
The owner, Pat Johnson, is a large part the Austin Magic community

Pat’s Games sees hundreds of customers every week, offering a large selection of Magic singles for all formats and price ranges. One of the store’s prized features were three portable display cases, intended for transport to large events, which featured the store’s stock of high-dollar foils. Before this weekend, these display cases sat on a table, out in the open for customers to peruse.

 

The Burglary

Here is the video showing the break in Sunday morning. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Posted by Pat’s Games on Tuesday, 26 January 2016

“Here is the video showing the break in Sunday morning. Any help will be greatly appreciated.”

Sunday morning, two suspects approached the front door under cover of night. The first suspect completely concealed his identity with a hoodie and carried a water meter turn off key.

Thieves Who Stole $75,000 Magic The Gathering Cards From Pat's Games May Have Been Customers
A water meter turn off key, like the one left at Pat’s Games by the burglars. The above picture was shared on the store’s Facebook page.

The second suspect did not conceal his face and can be seen clearly multiple times in the surveillance footage.

Thieves Who Stole $75,000 Magic The Gathering Cards From Pat's Games May Have Been Customers
A still shot of the burglary suspects.
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“One has gloves, hoodie and nurses mask. As you can see in this picture. He is slight of build.”

On the surveillance footage, the first suspect struggles with the door for over 5 minutes while the second alternates giving assistance and waiting in the shadows. The door is obscured from the street by one of the store’s walls, so the suspects are able to stay hidden from view.

Once the door is opened, the suspects quickly run in and exit with the three display cases. It only takes a matter of seconds to find what they are looking for and leave the premises.

“We feel that he’s a Magic player, and we know that he’s been in the store before because it only took him 20 seconds to go in and find our highest-dollared cards,” Johnson said.

Just how much is $75,000 in Magic cards? The contents of the three cases are listed on the store’s Facebook page. The first case was filled with high-dollar foil Standard cards. The second case contained expensive foil Modern staples, including $17,000 worth of Expedition lands. The third case contained the most valuable cards, including some very pricey land cards from Alpha and Unlimited. You can find a comprehensive list of the contents of these cases at the bottom of this page.

One bit of good news can be found in the comments of one Facebook post. In response to Pat’s Games giving a summarised list of the stolen cards, one customer asks: “And the Black Lotus?” Pat’s Games replies: “The Black Lotus was sold a month ago.”

 

An Outpouring of Support

Thieves Who Stole $75,000 Magic The Gathering Cards From Pat's Games May Have Been Customers
Pat Johnson, owner of Pat’s Games in Austin.

In the past few days, the surveillance footage and still images of the suspects have been shared all over the internet. “We did put the pictures out on Facebook, Reddit, everywhere we can – it’s kind of going viral on the internet – hoping someone will recognize the guy,” said Johnson.

A Facebook post with two images of the suspects has received over 40 shares on Facebook, and the full surveillance video has been shared almost 500 times. “I may be in Central Florida,” one user commented, “but [I] shared the video to all my friends around the country to pass along.”

Meanwhile, a Reddit post about the burglary has received almost 100 comments and 150 upvotes. The Magic community is pouring in support for Pat’s Games, and many customers have come to the store in the past few days to make purchases – and yes, Pat’s Games was open for business this week.

“Thank you to all the players who supported the store by purchasing product yesterday,” Pat’s Games wrote on their Facebook.

The Austin Police Department is already on the case and have assigned a detective to the case who truly understands the situation. “I have to give Kudos to the Austin Police Department,” Pat’s Games posted on their Facebook, “they put a Magic Player on the case.”

Although the assigned officer usually deals with residential burglaries, Johnson is happy to have him on the case. “He understands the value,” Johnson said, “and he understands what the cards look like. I can’t tell you how helpful that is.”

If you have any details that you feel may help resolve this case then please kindly contact the store owner using the information provided below, or let us know.

Email Pat’s Games

Facebook Pat’s Games

Thanks for reading,

Joseph Dunlap

UPDATE:

Austin Police have arrested a man who was allegedly in possession of thousands of dollars’ worth of ‘Magic: The Gathering’ cards that were stolen from a Central Austin game store in January.

Yan Carlos Dominguez-Ugarte, 28, has been charged with felony theft (possession of stolen property) after police found cards that were stolen from Pat’s Games along Hancock Drive on Jan. 24, 2016.

 

Comprehensive list of cards in the 3 stolen cases

via Pat’s Games Facebook page

“I am reposting this so it is all in one place this is the combined list of all 3 cases. This not a complete list some cards were intentionally left off.

Case 1: Standard

This is the list of cards from the first case which was taken, it held mostly foil standard cards.

Foil Ugin, the Spirit Dragon x1
Foil Hangarback Walker x3
Foil Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy x1
Foil Sunken Hollow x1
Foil Canopy Vista x1
Foil Prairie Stream x1
Foil Smoldering Marsh x1
Foil Cinder Glade x1
Foil Narset Transcendent x1
Foil Kiora, Master of the Depths x1
Foil Dragonlord Atarka x1
Foil Dragonlord Ojutai x1
Foil Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker x1
Foil Sarkhan Unbroken x1
Foil Bloodstained Mire x1 – (ktk)
Foil Flooded Strand x1 – (ktk)
Foil Polluted Delta x1 – (ktk)
Foil Windswept Heath x1 – (ktk)
Foil Nissa, Vastwood Seer x1
Foil Liliana, Heretical Healer x1
Foil Den Protector x1
Foil Monastery Mentor x1
Foil Anafenza, the Foremost x1
Foil Dromoka’s Command x1
Foil Sorin, Solemn Visitor x1
Foil Chandra, Fire of Kaladesh x1
Foil Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger x1 (Pre-Release Promo)
Foil Dragonlord Silumgar x1
Foil Dragonmaster Outcast x1
Foil Drana, Liberator of Malakir x1
Foil Haven of the Spirit Dragon x1 –
Foil Shaman of Forgotten Ways x1
Foil Monastery Siege x1
Foil Zurgo Bellstriker x1
Foil Windswept Heath x1 (ktk)
Foil Ruinous Path x1
Foil Scatter to the Winds x1
Foil Judge Full Art Promo Island x1
Foil Expedition Dust Bowl x1
Foil Expedition Wasteland x2
Foil Expedition Eye of Ugin x2
Foil Expedition Forbidden Orchard x1
Foil Expedition Fetid Heath x1
Foil Expedition Flooded Grove x1
Foil Expedition Graven Cairns x1
Foil Expedition Kor Haven x2
Foil Expedtion Sunken Ruins x2
Foil Rally the Ancestors x1

 

Case 2: Modern and Commander

Black:

Foil Tasigur, The Golden Fang x1
Foil Necrotic Ooze x1
Full Art Promo Damnation x1
Foil Thoughtsieze (TH) x1
Foil Bitterblossom (MT) x1
Foil Bridge from Below (MM) x1

Blue:

Foil Full Art Promo Cryptic Command x1
Foil Vendilion Clique (MM) x1
Foil Spell Snare (MM) x1
Kira, Great Glass Spinner (BK) x1

Green:

Foil Worldspine Wurm (RTR) x1
Foil Nourishing Shoal (BK) x1
Foil Woodfall Primus (MM) x1
Foil Melira, Sylvok Outcast x1
Foil Genesis Wave x1
Foil Green Sun’s Zenith (NPH) x1
Foil Primeval Titan (mm2) x1
Foil Sylvan Library (CA) x1

Red:

Foil Lightning Bolt (mm2) x1
Foil Grim Lavamancer (m12) x1
Foil Goblin Guide (ZDK) x1
Foil Lava Spike (MM) x1
Foil Krenko, Mob Boss (M13) x1
Foil Eidolon of the Great Revel x1

White:

Foil Restoration Angel (AVR) x1
Foil Iona, Shield of Emeria (mm2) x1
Foil Avacyn, Angel of Hope (AVR) x1
Foil Leyline of Sanctity (mm2) x1
Foil Akroma, Angel of Wrath (Duel Deck) x1
Foil Aven Mindcensor x1
Foil Daybreak Coronet (FS) x1
Foil Karn Liberated (mm2) x1
Foil Emrakul, the Eaons Torn (mm2) x1
Foil Crucible of Worlds (FD) x1

Lands:

Foil Command Tower (Judge Promo) x1
Foil Command Tower (CA) x2
Foil Inkmoth Nexus x1
Foil Expedition Arid Mesa x3
Foil Expedition Blood Crypt x11
Foil Expedition Bloodstaine Mire x5
Foil Expedition Breeding Pool x4
Foil Expedition Canopy Vista x14
Foil Expedition Cinder Glade x9
Foil Expedition Flooded Strand x5
Foil Expedition Hallowed Fountain x7
Foil Expedition Marsh Flats x3
Foil Expedition Misty Rainforest x11
Foil Expedition Overgrown Tomb x6
Foil Expedition Polluted Delta x3
Foil Expedition Prairie Stream x11
Foil Expedition Sacred Foundry x8
Foil Expedition Scalding Tarn x5
Foil Expedition Steam Vents x5
Foil Expedition Stomping Ground x6
Foil Expedition Sunken Hollow x2
Foil Expedition Temple Garden x2
Foil Expedition Verdant Catacombs x1
Foil Expedition Windswept Heath x1
Foil Expedition Wooded Foothills x1

Mulit-Colored:

Foil Fulminator Mage (mm2) x1
Foil Karador Ghost Cheiftan x1
Foil Nekusar, the Mindrazer x1
Foil Maelstrom Wanderer x1
Foil Giest of Saint Traft (INN) x1
Wilt-Leaf Liege (MM2) x1

 

Case 3: Legacy and Vintage

The following is most of the cards from this case.

Black:

Dark Confidant (MM2) x1 –
Chains of Mephistopheles x1 –
Griselbrand x1 –
Liliana of the Veil (INN) x1 –
Grim Tutor x1 –
Foil Bridge From Below (FS) x1 –
Foil Stinkweed Imp (RCG) x1 –

Blue:

Foil Counterbalance x1 –
Foil Brainstorm (MM) x1 –
Foil Ponder (m12) x1 –
Foil Preordain x1 –
Force of Will x1 –
Snapcaster Mage x1 –
Jace, the Mind Sculptor x1 –
Ancestral Recall (Alpha) x1 –
Mana Drain x1 –

Green:

Tarmogoyf (mm2) x1 –
Natural Order x1 –
Noble Hierarch (judge foil) x1 –
Riding the Dilu Horse x1 –
Berserk (FTV) x1 –
Berserk (Alpha) x1 –
Craterhoof Behemoth x1 –

Red:

Goblin Guide (GP Promo) x1 –
Blood Moon (TD) x1 –
Chain Lightning x1 –
Foil Goblin Piledriver (Signed by artist with silver ink) x1 –
Foil Goblin Warchief x1 –
Sneak Attack (Chinese) X1 –
Foil Through the Breach x1 –

White:

Foil Swords to Plowshares (
Foil Entreat the Angels (AVR) x1 –
Foil Terminus (AVR) x1 –
Stoneforge Mystic x1 –

Multi:

Foil Dack Fayden x1 –
Foil Deathrite Shaman x1 –
Foil Meddling Mage (SA) x1 –

Colorless:

Sensei’s Divining Top (CK) x1 –
Chalice of the Void (MM1) x1 –
Mana Crypt (non-foil) x1 –
Candelabra of Twanos x1-
Foil Batterskull (NPH) x1 –

Lands:

Karakas (LG) x1 –
Rishadan Port x1 –
Wasteland (TP) x1 –
Gaea’s Cradle (US) x1 –
City of Traitors x1 –
Badlands (RV) x3 –
Bayou (RV) x6 –
Plateau (RV) x2 –
Savannah (RV) x1 –
Scrubland (RV) x3 –
Tropical Island (RV) x1 –
Tundra (RV) x3 –
Underground Sea (RV) x9 –
Volcanic Island (RV) x4 –
Underground Sea (Alpha) x1 –
Bayou (Unlimited) x1 –
Tropical Island (Unlimited) x1-
Badlands (Unlimited) x1 –
Taiga (Unlimited) x1 –
Library of Alexandria x1 –
Foil Cavern of Souls x1

If you notice someone trying to sell a collection like this or have any details that you feel may help resolve this case then please kindly contact the store owner using the information provided below, or let us know.

Email Pat’s Games

Facebook Pat’s Games

UPDATE

Austin man charged with stealing Magic: The Gathering cards from Pat’s Games

Carlos Dominguez-Ugarte is charged with the crime after recently attempting to unload the cards at a different store. Austin Police say they recovered 65% of the stolen goods and say that one of the cards was worth $7,000 alone.

Thieves Who Stole $75,000 Magic: The Gathering Cards From Pat's Games May Have Been Customers, by Joseph Dunlap
At around 1:00 a.m., two suspects ripped the front door off its hinges with a water meter turn key. It took over 5 minutes to break into the store, but the burglars were in and out of the store in the span of 15 seconds. The total value of the Magic: The Gathering cards stolen? $75,000 (£52,400), give or take."

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