What ever possesses people to steal when they have plenty of money to purchase is always a fascinating story. You hear about rich girls stealing clothes, or actresses lifting a piece of jewelry and now a super high end software executive working a scam to steal – Legos.
Thomas Langenbach is a VP/Software Engineer for SAP, a massive enterprise software firm (His LinkedIn profile shows, “vice president at Palo Alto’s SAP Labs Integration and Certification Center “). It’s safe to say that Langenbach makes more than enough in salary to buy whatever Lego set he wants, but instead Langenbach used his software development skills to make a bar code printing program that allowed him to make his own bar codes. He would then go to Target, put his barcodes over the ones on the Lego sets and that allowed him to purchase them at a vastly reduced price.
For example NBCBayArea.com reported that he was able to buy a $279 Star Wars Millennium Falcon set for only $49, and the $90 Anakin set for only $35.
The Target security cameras spotted Langenbach making the tag switch from two different stores in the Bay Area. While he was charged with four counts of burgerly for seven boxes worth $1000, when police raided his home they found “hundreds and hundreds” of boxes. Since April of last year using the name “tomsbrickyard” Langenbach had sold over $30,000 worth of Legos on Ebay. he was charged with only the four thefts as police determine what he stole and what he may have legitimately owned.
- Silicon Valley tech bigwig arrested for fake barcode Lego scam (digitaltrends.com)
- SAP exec arrested for stealing $1K worth of LEGO with DIY bar code scam (boingboing.net)
- Silicon Valley tech Exec Accused of Lego Thefts (usnews.com)