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Lego scammer sentence: 30 days in prison, at-home custody

Original post made on Sep 5, 2013

A former Palo Alto tech industry vice president was sentenced by a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge on Thursday to six months in custody for switching price tags on boxes of Legos .

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, September 5, 2013, 2:43 PM

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Posted by parent
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 5, 2013 at 5:56 pm

This is essentially a shoplifting case, right? How often do shoplifters get jail sentences like this?


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Posted by Wes
a resident of Shoreline West
on Sep 6, 2013 at 9:04 am

I don't know the stats, but my young & dumb nephew got similar time on actual shoplifting charges. Seems like they went easy for a burglary conviction.


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Posted by O. Henry
a resident of Castro City
on Sep 6, 2013 at 9:31 am

30 days? I wonder what he'll do to pass the time. If only he had some Legos.


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Posted by Grandpa
a resident of Rex Manor
on Sep 6, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Creating phony bar codes on a computer is not simple shoplifiting, and it wasn't done by a juvenile. The guy just figured he could get away with it. Who knows what else he did or would have done. There should be consequences for that kind of behavior.


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Posted by CopperC
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 6, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Poor reporting. He was a) unemployed b) doing this over and over. Other news reports say "Langenbach made more than $30,000 selling Legos on eBay, where he did business under the seller name "Tomsbrickyard." His former job is not all that relevant.


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Posted by timo
a resident of North Whisman
on Sep 7, 2013 at 2:05 am

If his last name was Sanchez or Gonzalez he probably would have got the five years. U know he only asked for "gym time " as a way of mocking the system. He'll do it again, of that u can be sure, but he'll be more cautious next time by going farther away to different stores. The justice system is everything but just.


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