The thought of the hardcore Star Wars fan who hoards an enormous assortment of merchandise and refuses to let anybody contact or have a look at it’s a well-worn stereotype at this level, however Steve Sansweet—the proprietor of the most important privately-owned Star Wars assortment on the earth—has simply discovered a helpful lesson in what occurs whenever you let individuals get too near your Star Wars stuff. As reported by io9, Sansweet has revealed that over 100 objects have been stolen from his Rancho Obi-Wan assortment in Northern California (a non-profit group that offers the proceeds from excursions to numerous charities), however this wasn’t some type of nerdy smash-and-grab. It seems that the alleged wrongdoer was an in depth good friend of Sansweet’s named Carl Edward Cunningham, and he had been quietly stealing objects from Sansweet’s assortment over the previous few months after which reselling them.
The worth of the stolen objects got here out to over $200,000, and Cunningham was recognized as a result of he tried to unload an “ultra-rare Boba Fett motion determine” that evidently drew extra consideration than he had anticipated. Cunningham turned himself in to the police, and he’s presently out on bail. In a press release, Sansweet referred to the state of affairs as “a devastating betrayal,” including that he’s been pals with Cunningham for 20 years. Additionally, simply to additional underline how exhausting this was for him, this enormous Star Wars fan apparently selected to disregard an ideal alternative to drop a reference to Lando double-crossing Han in The Empire Strikes Again.
Fortunately, Sansweet says the Star Wars neighborhood has “supplied its help” to him, with two individuals who unknowingly purchased stolen objects off of Cunningham agreeing to return them to Sansweet’s assortment. He has additionally posted a note on the Rancho Obi-Wan site asking anybody else who purchased a few of these objects to do the identical, so should you lately obtained an impossibly scorching deal on a really uncommon Star Wars toy, you would possibly need to verify in.
[Notice: io9, like The A.V. Membership, is owned by Univision Communications.]
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