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We definitely know who’s getting some coal in their stockings this year.

One of the most popular Christmas toys is in such high demand this year, some people are actually breaking the law to get it. And we’re not talking about some petty theft, we’re talking full-blown brazen break-ins.

Toy retailers in both Canada and the U.S. have been plagued by LEGO theft lately. That’s right, LEGO theft. In Vancouver, B.C., a man recently broke right through the front door of a shop just so he could steal one of the toy maker’s giant sets. He didn’t swipe any money, no other goods–just the LEGO.

“I was just amazed. All this for one LEGO set, really?” Joanna Mileos of Granville Island Toy Company said.

In November, a Walmart in Squamish, B.C., was targeted not once, but twice. The robbers loaded up carts full of LEGO toys and then fled the store, but police eventually found them with a trunk full of toys valued at $3,000.

So why are LEGO sets such a hot item for thieves?

Well, as any parent knows, they can cost you can arm and a leg. Some LEGO sets cost upwards of $500, and they can easily be resold online, where many thieves mark those prices up even more.

Who knows, maybe if we get enough LEGO bricks together, we can build a jail just for them.

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