The police hunt down a pair of Pokemon card thieves who beat up a comic book store owner and threatened to kill him before they left with merch.
This has been a ridiculous year for Pokemon card crimes, and they’re showing no signs of stopping amid the popularity of collecting them – with some of the most valuable cards selling for thousands of dollars.
Unfortunately, as the hype and value of cards continue to grow, thieves have taken extreme measures to steal, including attacking those in their path.
The latest victim is a comic book store owner in Lower Southampton, Pennsylvania, who was threatened with a knife on Sept. 18.
Robbers attack comic book store owner and steal Pokemon cards
According to a report by Patch, Lower Southampton police were called to a comic book store on Sunday after two men entered the store and asked the owner for help getting top-shelf merchandise.
As the owner went up a ladder to retrieve the item, one of the men knocked him to the ground and the two started beating him.
The thieves stole Pokemon cards after attacking the comic book store owner.
The shop owner was then tied up with black zip ties and a knife was held to the man’s throat when the thieves threatened to kill him if he did not cooperate.
Finally, the two duffel bags pulled out and began to load them full of Pokemon cards, action figures, cash, books, and other store owner’s items such as his keys and laptop.
After being chased into the woods by police, the two suspects left the duffel bags behind, but the duo has not yet been found.
One of the suspects wore a black hoodie, jeans and sneakers, but removed the hoodie during a police chase to reveal a Rolling Rock beer T-shirt.
The other suspect was wearing a Deadpool t-shirt, black pants and sneakers. The shirt was eventually recovered by police.
Evidence will be submitted to the Pennsylvania State Police Crime Lab for forensic analysis. Anyone with information is advised to contact Detective Dan DiLello.
This is just the latest in a wave of wild Pokemon card crime. In 2022, cards were stolen at gunpoint, suspects leading police in wild car chases and even a robbery involving a $500,000 collection.