If you’re a Star Wars fan — and, frankly, even if you’re not — you probably know how hard it is to go into any retail store without seeing merchandise featuring Grogu (AKA “Baby Yoda”), Pedro Pascal’s Din Djarin, the Darksaber, or the Razor Crest on the shelves.
The hit Disney+ Original Star Wars show, which was deemed 100 times more popular than the average American television series by the end of its first season, has helped keep both Hasbro and The Walt Disney Company afloat throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, stolen Mandalorian LEGO products have become part of a major stolen goods trafficking sting in downtown Seattle, Washington. Per a news report about the ongoing situation:
A store owner in downtown Seattle was arrested on Friday for trafficking stolen Star Wars LEGOs, among other items.
Seattle police say “Operation: MandalOrganized Retail Theft” began in late July after receiving reports of a repeat shoplifter who was making off with LEGO sets, specifically “The Mandalorian” Star Wars LEGO sets. The store estimated that it had lost about $10,000 worth of LEGOs between July and September.
The article noted that store employees helped to identify the shoplifter, who was taken into police custody. Then, however, the situation got more complex, when it became apparent that the shoplifter and the retail outlet’s owner were working together:
While a Seattle detective was at the store investigating, the identified shoplifter arrived and sold items to the shop’s owner.
Police determined the shop’s owner was knowingly trafficking stolen goods, including the LEGO sets.
Officers served a warrant on Friday, Oct. 15 and seized thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen merchandise, including 171 Lego sets.
At this time, the investigation is ongoing.
More on The Mandalorian Season 3
Peyton Reed’s Mandalorian Season 2 finale episode featured the return of Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker (CGI Mark Hamill), the separation of bounty hunter Djarin and Grogu as the latter left to complete his Jedi Order training, the capture of Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito), and the announcement of spinoff series The Book of Boba Fett, which we now know will premiere on Disney+ on December 29, 2021.
Despite rumored debut dates, the debut of Grogu’s official yellow lightsaber, and confirmation from Katee Sackhoff that Bo-Katan Kryze will return, very little is actually known about Season 3 — this is true to form for secretive showrunner Jon Favreau and executive producer Dave Filoni.