Thomas Langenbach, vice president at SAP Labs’ Integration & Certification Center, crafted an ongoing plot to steal Legos from various Target stores by sticking his own bar codes over the existing ones. The fake bar codes allowed him to get the Legos at a cheaper price. He then took the scam to the internet where he sold off the stolen goods under the eBay handle “Tomsbrickyard” reportedly making off with more than $30,000 from the internet proceeds.
In a 2012 report by Mercury News, investigators discovered a massive cache of Legos at Lagenbach’s $2 million home. Investigators described seeing “many, many sets of Legos that he had built” along with bricks separated by color, type and size. They also found eight Ziploc baggies containing dozens of bar code stickers in his car.
Langenbach was convicted of burglary after pleading no contest in exchange for prosecutors dropping three other counts against him, according to CBS San Francisco. The Legoland mastermind will be trading in his $2 million mansion for a jail cell where he will serve thirty days, followed by five months of house arrest and three years’ probation. Langenbach was canned by SAP four months after his arrest.
(Sources: The Huffington Post, wired.com)
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