British Columbia

Lego larceny unearthed during search for drugs and weapons

An unusual amount of brand new Lego in a Langley home resulted in a search that discovered stolen goods valued at more than $120,000.

Henry Smith pleaded guilty to several charges including trafficking in stolen goods

A selection of the stolen Lego and other goods RCMP discovered in a Langley home. (Langley RCMP)

The stolen goods turned up during a search for drugs and weapons by the Langley Drug Section may not be illicit, but they are certainly addictive to large numbers of the younger population.

Officers executing a search warrant on the home of Henry Smith, 31, in January became suspicious after finding an unusual amount of brand new Lego.

Further searching unearthed other goods— including sports equipment, clothing, cosmetics and expensive toys— with an estimated value of more than $120,000.

With over 20 complaints filed about stolen Lego in Langley since September 2015, police obtained a warrant to search Smith's storage locker, where they discovered over 50 plastic tote boxes full of sets of the highly sought after building bricks.

Smith pleaded guilty to several charges, including trafficking in stolen property and was given a two-year conditional sentence and 145 days jail (as time served).

"I strongly encourage citizens to exercise diligence and awareness if considering buying anything off the internet from private sellers," Supt. Murray Power of the Langley RCMP said in a statement Thursday.

"Willful blindness to the black market ends up enabling criminals and hurting everyone at the end of the day. These may be the same people that end up stealing from you some day."