Pokémon card thief dumber than Team Rocket, tries to resell cards back to store he stole them from

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  • A Washington state man who stole $20,000 worth of Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering cards returned a month later to try and sell the stolen goods.
  • The cards were stolen from a card store located in Whatcom County, Washington, where the suspect smashed the glass door and entered around midnight on Aug. 9.
  • On Sep. 3, the suspect allegedly returned to the same store and attempted to sell the cards that he had stolen a month ago.
  • After an employee recognized the man and confronted him, the suspect reportedly became belligerent and declared that he would return to rob the store again.
  • The man was hit with several charges; however, he was released on Sep. 4 on personal recognizance.

After stealing around $20,000 worth of Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering cards from a store in Washington state, the man returned almost a month later in an attempt to sell back the stolen goods.

On Aug. 9 around midnight, the suspect, later identified as 37-year-old Myles Vaughn Pajnogac, smashed the glass door of the Cosmic Games store located in Whatcom County, Washington and stole many items, including Pokémon TCG packs and Magic: The Gathering cards, reported The Bellingham Herald

Almost a month later, Pajnogac returned to the store on Sep. 3 and allegedly tried to sell back the cards he had stolen. However, a staff member at Cosmic Games recognized Pajnogac as the thief who had robbed the store and confronted him. 

Pajnogac allegedly became belligerent and told the staff members, “I’ll rob you again [expletive],” before leaving. In the heat of the moment, the suspect left the pile of cards in the store.

Due to damages done to the cards, the stolen goods were severely devalued. 

“It looked like around $6,000 to $8,000 worth at first but after actually getting a chance to go through them it was closer to $1,000 worth. It all had sustained damage from the theft and how they had been stored and handled in the weeks since and it is now possibly a few hundred dollars of the original value due to that,” a staff member told Kotaku.

Police were contacted around 2:39 p.m. and provided with a photo of Pajnogac. Around 9:57 p.m. on Sep. 3, an officer located the man and arrested him. In addition to finding more Pokémon cards, police reportedly discovered fentanyl and methamphetamine.

Pajnogac was charged with second-degree burglary, first-degree theft, second-degree possession of stolen property, first-degree trafficking and malicious mischief. However, on Sep. 4 he was released from jail on personal recognizance.


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