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Silicon Valley Exec Thomas Langenbach Charged For Stealing Lego Toys
SAP Labs executive Thomas Langenbach is facing charges that he made fake barcode stickers for Lego toys at Target stores, switched out the real price tags, used the fake stickers and bought the toys at big discounts.
Langenbach was arrested on May 8 and faces burglary charges for switching the barcodes on several boxes of Legos worth about $900. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Santa Clara County court, according to NBC Bay Area.
According to Langenbach’s LinkedIn profile, he is a vice president at the SAP Integration & Certification Center in Palo Alto and has worked for SAP since 1988. He reportedly lives in a mutlimillion dollar home.
Target reportedly first caught onto the scam when Langenbach bought two Lego sets with discounted bar codes at a Cupertino store on April 20. He had marked down a $120 set to $50, and a $70 set to $25, Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie told the Mercury News.
Wylie said: “Because Legos are so expensive and because they’re a popular item to steal, Target keeps really close track of inventory. They realized something was off, based on what they had sold and how much money they had made that day.”
Target used their security cameras to see Langenbach switching the barcodes, and distributed flyers with his picture to Target security in the Bay Area,
Store security reportedly noticed him walking into the Target in Mountain View on May 8 and saw him switch another barcode and buy a set of Legos at a discount. They detained him outside the store and called police.