A locally owned card and game store in Forest Lake, Minnesota was robbed by a lone thief in the middle of the night on Feb. 10. The man escaped with $250,000 worth of rare coins. . Pokémon card and cash.
As reported by KARE 11, Punch Out Gaming describes itself as a “parent store and mass store” that buys and sells collectible trading cards and video games. Like most other places, stores have seen a significant increase in demand for anything and everything Pokémon, especially cards.
This increased demand and the sky-high prices that some cards can be sold online could be the reasons why a man decided to steal rare Pokémon cards and other Pokemon related goods from the local store. We’re also seeing growing demand for the card leading to chaos at stores like Walmart.
To do so, on February 10, the man broke through a wall at the back of the store after entering a store right next door. Punch Out Gaming. After punching a small hole through the wall, he entered the store’s storage area and spent nearly two hours loading up Pokémon cards. All of this was captured on camera through the store’s video surveillance system.
It is reported that because the thief never opened any doors, no alarms were tripped.
Jason Peterson, co-owner of the store, told KARE 11 that he felt “paralyzed” watching a video of thieves taking cards and other pieces of Pokémon merchandise.
“I just felt numb, just looking at someone and taking away everything you’ve worked so hard to build over the years,” Peterson said.
Another store owner, Eric Johnson, told Fox 9 that he believes someone else helped the thief because the stolen boxes have a lot of boxes to move around in a short amount of time.
“I realized how much money, product and time we had put into it, and I started to cry… I can’t recall this product because our distributor doesn’t have it. So even with the insurance amount, it’s not in our favor,” Johnson explained.
One positive to take from all of this is the support that the owners have seen online. According to Johnson, he’s seen many online Pokémon fans advocating and others vowing to track down any stolen cards or merchandise that might be sold online and report it.
Local customers have also come together to support Punch Out Gaming, which has been open for nearly a decade in the region.
“We’re really going to keep moving forward, reinventing and going back,” says Peterson.
The surveillance video provides a pretty clear image of the suspect who broke into the store through the hole. The owner doesn’t recognize the person, but ask anyone to contact the store at (651) 464-9820. Or you can contact Forest Lake Police.
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