The San Jose collectibles store, Tofu’s Trading, was robbed in the early hours of January 24, 2024. The thieves were caught on camera crawling on the floor before taking the cash register and over 35,000 Pokémon cards. Despite the upsetting nature of the robbery, the store staff decided to find humor in the situation by sharing an edited video of the robbery in which they mock the culprits.
Ann Ma, the director of operations, stated, “We have a sense of humor, so it was really funny to see them crawl. We also like to take a bad moment and find a little humor in it. There’s not much we can do right now, so there’s no point in complaining, so better to make people laugh.”
The staff also found it amusing that the thieves seemed to have little knowledge about Pokémon cards, as they made off with thousands of worthless cards. Although they took some cards worth a few hundred dollars each, they missed out on a new collection full of expensive pieces that went on sale a couple of days later.
The incident at Tofu’s Trading is just one example of a trend in Pokémon card thefts. Police in Tokyo reported a record number of trading card thefts in the second half of 2022, and an independent game store in Minnesota reported the theft of approximately $250,000 worth of Pokémon merchandise in February 2022. In March of the same year, a man in Georgia used government money to purchase a rare, shiny Charizard Pokémon card.
The popularity of Pokémon cards has led to an increase in attempted thefts, with thieves targeting stores and individuals in an effort to get their hands on valuable cards. Despite the unfortunate nature of these incidents, it is clear that the demand for Pokémon cards remains high, and collectors and store owners must remain vigilant to protect their valuable collections.
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