Fairy Bricks theft: appeal for information

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Overnight, scumbags broke into Fairy Bricks's van outside its headquarters in Huddersfield, UK and stole 2000 copies of 40222 Christmas Build-Up, which were destined to be given to sick children in hospitals across the UK in time for Christmas.

Clearly, whoever has taken them will be looking to offload them somewhere so if you are offered any, or see them on eBay, local classified ads, Gumtree, Facebook, or wherever, take screenshots or photos and contact your local police via 101 quoting 13170537540.

Not only have the sets been taken but the charity's delivery van has been put out of action too, thus denying even more children a little happiness over the festive period.

There's more information on West Yorkshire Police's website.

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78 comments on this article

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By in Australia,

Pure scum. Hope they are caught.

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By in Singapore,

That's terrible. Hope the LEGO sets are found and delivered.

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By in United States,

wow, what kind of person would steal toys from sick children? pathetic.

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By in United Kingdom,

Outragious. I hope the scum are caught and put away for a very long time. So sorry for Kev and all the hard working fairies.

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By in France,

Hope that Lego will come up to help them.

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By in United States,

Holy crap, they tore out a wall from the van just to get to some Lego sets that were going to charity? That's pretty low; hopefully they are found and arrested.

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By in Sweden,

If the LEGO company were smart they'd see this as an opportunity for some great free publicity and help out with replacing what was lost. They might not have 2000 copies of that particular set just lying around, but surely they could provide some stuff so those kids'll have something for Christmas.

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By in United Kingdom,

I've emailed this to the Lego UK team. If we all do it, they'll be likely to step in.

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By in United Kingdom,

PS I know they'll already know, but people power sometimes helps.

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By in Sweden,

sorry to hear that Kev!

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By in United Kingdom,

Terrible news indeed, everyone involved in Fairy Bricks puts in a huge effort. Surely those responsible know that FB is a charity.

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By in United States,

I think everybody is saying the same thing. What kind of grinches steal children's Christmas toys?
Very low indeed. Hope they're brought to Justice!

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By in United States,

Awful. I certainly hope justice is served. Any regular robbery is bad, but stealing things meant for underprivileged children? Is the world really stooping that low?

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By in Canada,

This is reminiscent of the stories that come every year in Canada of people stealing the funds (or hole box) of the Legion's Poppy donations for remembrance day from local businesses.

Sadly I think its someone who knows what Fairy Bricks is all about and was probably hoping for some profitable sets. Hope Lego can send over some more of these since they are giving them away with purchases.

If I was in the UK, I'd drop off my copy.

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By in Sweden,

@xboxtravis7992 i thought that too but its not the wall damaged but the doors on the left side drive car

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By in United Kingdom,

Disgusting!

But, hopefully they are fully insured and whatnot. In the immediate aftermath it will be an inconvenience for sure.

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By in United States,

I hope they are found and then have their legs and arms run over by the Fairy Brick van.

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By in United States,

Let the horrendous acts of a few be outshined by the charitable acts of the many.

PS. Tried to donate but there was a problem w/payment going through - perhaps because coming from US? The credit card info. was correct but it wouldn't accept. Anyone have any suggestions?

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By in United States,

Oh my goodness, that's awful. Since the van was parked in a gated area, the perpetrator knew exactly what was in there. Who does that knowing who those sets were for?!?!

Off to click that second link, hope it works for me. Otherwise, maybe there's a way to send money through PayPal?

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By in Slovakia,

I doubt they knew the van was full of 40222 sets. I can think of only way and that is they have a big seller on BL that can inconspicuously sell that as parts. It is not a set you can easily sell by bulk in MISB...
More probable is that somebody saw the van is loaded with transport cartons marked LEGO, maybe checked the FB page based on logo on van and then thought it is full of those easy to flip CITY and such sets as seen on the photos there.

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By in United States,

This is appalling.

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By in United States,

Also, how the heck did they rip the van door like that!?!?!?

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By in United States,

That really makes my stomach turn. That is disgraceful.

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By in United Kingdom,

Scumbags is right. This sort of thing makes my blood boil. I'm not the sort of people to call someone scum lightly but those who steal from charities, let alone charities for helping sick children certainly fit the bill. Pure scum.

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By in United States,

Scum of the Earth. I hope they are caught and punished severely.

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By in United States,

Also, my credit card is blocked from international payments (the agreement with our credit union I think). Anyway, hopefully someone can provide us a way through paypal?

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By in Netherlands,

This...is just disgusting, stealing from a charity. I hope they catch the thieves and make them walk through a field of Lego bricks barefooted.

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By in Ireland,

This is pretty sickening. In Ireland it is usually the charity bosses doing the thieving or scumbags using kids to empty out clothes banks. Hopefully Karma kicks in.

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By in United States,

Simple fact is that this is a testament to Lego's crazy high pricing and thus high resale value.

"WHY" you ask? This set markets for $35. Let's say these thieves sell for $25 each. Selling 2000 sets will thus net them a cool $50,000 if they're patient. Lego has become a safer target than some drugs at that point.

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By in United States,

Wow how rude. Honestly, if they wanted to steal Lego sets that bad they should have watched when Lego delivers to stores, and then robbed those trucks, not take them from little boys and girls that were probably looking forward to getting a Lego set.

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By in United States,

Never seen anything like this before. You've got to admit, these thieves were smart.

I'll let you guys know if I see any of these for sale.

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By in United States,

here's to hoping that they were insured. if not, I feel pretty good about this community coming together to help out. and even if they ARE insured, I still feel good about fairy bricks getting a boost in donations thanks to this crime against children.

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By in United States,

^No they weren't. If they really were smart, they wouldn't have been thieves.

With the large quantity out there, they should be easy to find. I suspect they might sit on them for a while but impatience could be another flaw they have.

Also, tell Fairy Bricks not to leave their stuff in a van overnight. That was just a dumb decision.

As for the robbers, if they just happened to see the van getting loaded up, then they probably will be harder to find. Though it could be the scarier option of someone who is friends with someone associated with the charity. I'm not saying anyone with the charity is associated with this, but some people have terrible taste in friends.

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By in Ireland,

@Kalking, where are you getting USD 35 from? This was a free set and last 6 months of sales of 40222 from Bricklink:

Times Sold: 130
Total Qty: 300
Min Price: EUR 2.51
Avg Price: EUR 9.37
Qty Avg Price: EUR 10.65
Max Price: EUR 17.10

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By in France,

I will never get used to such actions. How can people even have the idea of doing that? They probably did not know who were those sets for, but had they known I'm pretty sure they would have do it even though. NO excuse, even for getting a few bucks to eat. Really really hope those scum will get caught and pay for what they did. Shame and curse on them.

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By in United Kingdom,

Hello Everyone,

Thank you so much for all the kind words of support, they really do mean a great deal to us here in Fairy Land. Today has been without a devastating one BUT we will not allow it to defeat or define us.

What's done is done and now it is our job to get back to work and make sure we do what we do best, make children feel a little bit happier at a difficult time in hospital. This incident will not stop us from doing that.

These sets were part of a joint campaign with LEGO called #BuildToGive and within that campaign together we have a pledged to donate 20,000 LEGO sets this Christmas. We will hit that target. So get building and post your pictures on social media with the #BuildToGive and for every one posted, thats another set we will get into the hands of a child.

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By in Ireland,

@kalking - some toerag(s) steal from a charity and its TLGs fault???

Absolute scum - I hope they get what's coming to them and then some. The best way to combat the badness in this world is to continue to do good. Best of luck to all in Fairy Bricks turning this situation around. I will be making a donation and hope many more of the site users do so too.

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By in Canada,

That stinks! Hope they find them in time for Christmas.

Anybody want to start a LUG Vigilante Group?

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By in United Kingdom,

This has ruined my day seeing this

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By in United States,

Thanks fkr the fast response, if you want a free Lego set then earn it while shopping and/or as gifts from contests asides from being gifted one yourself.

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By in United States,

This is very saddening. I hope justice is found! I literally went on Ebay and searched the set to look for some high bulk of the set. No luck. :(

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By in United Kingdom,

So sorry to hear this.

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By in United Kingdom,

Made a donation. Not everyone from Huddersfield is selfish as fairy bricks its self proves

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By in United Kingdom,

I live in england and I’ll will report if I see anything !!!
Wait don’t the have sircurty cameras and caught it on tape?

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By in United Kingdom,

This is sad news indeed. Hope the guys can get more Lego

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By in United Kingdom,

Such sad news, such a shame there are those sorts of people in this world. Disgusting excuses for human beings.
I really hope you get some sort of justice for this.

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By in Canada,

Dear karma, please work your charm...

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By in Australia,

This reeks of an inside job Kev. Hope you find the perp. Inside a secure gated area? The van is not alarmed? Aware of unsecured Lego, which comes in a small set, which not necessarily will be sold on gumtree, ebay or similar, but as its valuable, can simply be directly bartered (used as a currency). Did they simply take the small set and leave behind any large bulky sets? Random drug test every one of your staff members!

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By in United States,

This is infuriating. I'm not sure I can say more without resorting to profanities. Hope they are found and punished appropriately, and the sets restored.

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By in United States,

Found out that my bank flagged the donation as it was international, and they disabled my card (no good deed goes unpunished lol). Now I've got it sorted but don't think I'm going to try a direct donation again, so if anyone has info. on how to donate via paypal please post, thanks!

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By in Canada,

Perhaps an eternity of stepping on Lego Bricks in Hell whilst barefoot would be a fitting punishment...

As saddening as this is, perhaps some good will come of it. I suspect it will raise awareness for #BuildToGive prompting more people to participate and post pictures. I'll be working on my decoration this weekend. I was thinking of keeping my copy of 40222, but after reading about this I think it would be better to donate it to a locally run toy drive.

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By in United States,

That's terrible!

The donate button doesn't seem to be working for me.

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By in United Kingdom,

It’s unbelievable how low some people will go, this is sickening. Hope the lowlife scum get what they deserve.

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By in United Kingdom,

The very definition of "how low can you go?" - it's not too far off stealing life saving drugs from a medical delivery truck. Clearly there are still a select few out there that think something like this is ok.

I'm going away for the next few days but am hoping I can get a decent sum over to the Fairy Bricks guys next week to go towards repairing the door or to source some more sets - I was going to donate to Fairy Bricks this Christmas anyway but I think I might up my donation and bring it forward, given the situation!

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By in United States,

That's so horrible. Just saddening. Glad to hear you'll hit your 20k donations sets goal.

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By in Australia,

@BrickPal, what makes you say these children are underprivileged? As far as I'm aware, the only criterion is they must be hospital patients.

A lot of people are saying that the children are victims of this crime, but who's to say the children even knew they'd be getting anything? The article never mentioned anything like this.

The "charity" can't be doing too badly if it can afford its own van and premises. I remember just a few years ago when it started out as one guy asking for money so he could give toys to children and feel good about himself.

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By in United States,

@Huey1

Why would you say that? Sure the kids didn't know (probably) but I mean... if you have a kid in the hospital, who could have had a smile on their face from a present, and now will not, that still kind of stinks... regardless of whether they knew it was coming. And as for attacking fairy bricks and the founder's motives as selfish... I'm really confused. He did something kind and charitable... why fault him for it? Why turn this situation into an a smear of a group who likes bringing gifts to kids in a hospital... I'm really confused

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By in United Kingdom,

Some people need to engage their brain before writing comments on this thread... couldn't agree with you more @ToaMatoro

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By in United States,

Does anyone have a magic wand to make all the City Police officers to make them real to search these crooks?

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By in United States,

This is terrible news. It may not help but I would never label the van with the words "bricks" again because people nowadays know the meaning. Those without a conscience will definitely do it again.

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By in United States,

Life lesson, people suck.

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By in United States,

9 times out of 10, every time I read a terrible comment on Brickset it has the words "By Huey1" above it.

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By in United Kingdom,

Yes, Huey1 is known for his negative attitude and provocative comments and if it continues I'll issue a hell ban so he can talk to himself without bothering anyone else.

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By in United Kingdom,

If he’s got previous, why wait Huw? Trolls trying to feel better about themselves by seeking attention add nothing to the world let alone this discussion. Ban him and no one will even notice he’s gone

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By in United Kingdom,

This is beyond terrible!

Also, why would you keep 2000 sets in a van overnight?

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By in United Kingdom,

Good point, Tim: looking through his commenting history he never has anything positive to say about anything so I've preventing him from posting.

We won't miss his vitriolic verbiage.

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By in Germany,

Just read this news.
It's disgusting, sickening, maddening. How low can people sink to steal even from charitable organizations? Worthless scum indeed.
I'll keep an eye open for these sets popping up over here as well.
Perhaps these thugs are well aware that they would have a hard time unloading their loot in the UK and try somewhere else in Europe.
Can't wait for the news that they got caught and got the sentence they deserve!

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By in United States,

Unfortunately if they part the sets out on some obscure BL store they will be impossible to find that way.

However I would think SOMEONE in the neighborhood had to see something; they had to have a large vehicle, probably more than one person, were there awhile just transfering the sets, and probably made a heck of a lot of noise tearing up the FB van....

What a total shame. I hope the police force gets a lucky tip.

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By in United States,

This is just plain awful. I will be making a donation. In the world we live in, leaving that qty of sets in a van was not wise :(

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By in United Kingdom,

This is very sad and hopefully they find the low life’s.

In meantime I’ve donated to Fairybricks and will now do this every Christmas. Good will come of this!

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By in United States,

Echoing previous comments, it doesn't get much lower than this, and i really hope that justice gets served, tenfold.

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By in United Kingdom,

This is so outrageous! I keep checking Shpock, Ebay, Gumtree, FB Marketplace for any hint of those being on sale. Such a sad thing, I hope the scumbags will get what they deserve, karma always comes back, so let this be this time as well!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

They won't know it but they may have messed with the wrong hobby: Fairy Bricks have A LOT of friends. Keep your eyes peeled.

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By in United States,

Well here's a brilliant idea. DON'T leave hundreds of thousands of dollars(or in this case pounds) of lego sets, which are worth more or as much as gold these days IN A MARKED VAN! That was kinda stupid on your part. Anyone with half a brain can look up fairybricks and knows what that is.

Maybe it's because I live in a particularly crime ridden city in America, but I can't have as much sympathy because you kinda were asking for it. "Don't put all your eggs in one basket" comes to mind here. Don't put something valuable...in a marked van, that should have been pretty obvious, gated area or not.

That all being said, yeah this really sucks for the kids. Hopefully the community can scramble to get something done. As for the van, rent one and slap a decal on it(probably another good idea to keep labling temporary on future delivery vans), and deliver what you can. Hopefully with all the press this is getting people can help donate and raise more sets of some sort, even if they're not the original Christmas set to give to the kids.

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By in United Kingdom,

Bit late for "should ofs" people. I'd have thought they were secure in there in a compound as in a lock up.

Anyway can we get a little practical info? My understanding is that this set was only available with a £50 spend at Lego Shop, so the chances of anyone having more than 1 or 2 to sell would be pretty remote? Just in case I see 10 being sold on a market or something

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Exactly, there's very little chance that anyone will legitimately have more than about 8 or 10 of these, and certainly not hundreds, or even dozens.

I have three which I got with separate purchases last year. Whilst I can see quite a few AFOLs having 5 or 6, it should be pretty easy to spot if someone is trying to offload a few dozen of them.

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By in United Kingdom,

To the aggressively critical:
Enough of the victim blaming. No innocent person ever 'asks for it'. Modern life does not always dictate that we can formulate or plan every measure to protect our livelihoods from all potential threats without interruption or complication. To judge and assume incompetence of a victim is to condone such behavior where crimes become acceptable when lacking protection and security. Growing up with the snotty comfort-blanket of insurance and we begin to believe such bullying control freakery.

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