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Oregon man accused of Lego theft in undercover sting

By Daniel Uria
Oregon man accused of Lego theft in undercover sting
Portland police arrested a man accused of stealing expensive Lego sets and reselling them online. Pavel Illich Kuzik, 25, attempted to sell stolen Legos to police in an undercover sting operation in conjunction with Fred Meyer Loss Prevention. Photo by valeriiaarnaud/Shutterstock

PORTLAND, Ore., March 10 (UPI) -- An Oregon man was taken into police custody after agreeing to sell stolen Legos to an undercover officer in a sting operation.

Pavel Illich Kuzik, 25, was arrested while driving a stolen car and booked on multiple outstanding warrants according to a press release by the Portland Police Bureau.

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Kuzik was suspected of stealing expensive Lego sets from Fred Meyer superstore locations and selling them at discounted prices on online marketplace OfferUp.com.

Police and Fred Meyer Loss Prevention began investigating Kuzik in February 2016 before he was arrested on March 3. The investigation is ongoing and further charges are expected in the case.

The Portland Police Bureau advised consumers to be wary of third party sellers, noting that new items sold at a discount may be stolen and difficult to trace.

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