Toy Thief Tried to Steal Top Toys of 2012 from all 50 States
Toy Thieves Target Top Toys for 2012 in all 50 States
MIAMI, FL - While some parents are struggling to figure out the top toys for 2012, a traveling toy thief gang has finally been busted. According to reports, Michael Pollara, 46, has said he has been shoplifting every day for 10 years.
His goal was to hit all 50 states and make millions online. At the time of his arrest, he had at least 27 states under his belt.
Along with his aging mother, Margaret Pollara, 70, he would empty large boxes for cheap products and fill them with other, more expensive toy sets - like Lego sets and more.
CNN reported on a blog earlier this week, "Pollara sold most of the items on eBay, police said. His records from the online auction site and PayPal show that he sold the items under accounts named LineMart or Buymart-USA. Those two accounts alone took in a total of $909,000."
The Pollaras were arrested on Thursday. According to the arrest report, the son was charged with one count of dealing in stolen property, five counts of grand theft, four counts of criminal conspiracy and two counts of felony petit theft.
His mother is facing one count of organized scheme to defraud, two counts of grand theft, two counts of criminal conspiracy, and one count of theft.
Police have not yet arrested a third, unidentified person who traveled with the mother and son pair of alleged toy thieves.