Gen Con Heist 2023 - $300,000 worth of stolen cards now recovered


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31 August 2023
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The case reaches its conclusion as the stolen cards were retrieved from an undisclosed location in New York

Following on from our last story on the $300,000 worth of Magic: The Gathering cards taken from Gen Con 2023, a new update from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department confirm that the stolen cards have now been found.

It's been four weeks since the pallet of Magic: The Gathering cards owned by Chicago based store and tournament organizer Pastimes was stolen during preparations for Gen Con 2023. Following the announcement of an image showing the two potential thieves with one of them wearing a T-Shirt advertising the game 'Castle Assault,' the game's two designers TJ Dunbar and Pearson Giaume were reached out to by the IMPD.

CCTV image of two men with the stolen pallet of trading cards from Gen Con. One of the men is wearing a shirt for board game "Castle Assault."

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It was then reported on Wednesday that the stolen merchandise had been recovered on 25th August from an undisclosed location in New York. 

In an official statement, IMPD announced that "IMPD Detectives requested the assistance of the New York State Police in confiscating the stolen gaming cards and appreciates their help. The cards are in the process of being returned to Indianapolis and held as evidence.

"Charges are expected to be filed with the Marion County Prosecutor's Office in the near future. The investigation is ongoing as detectives and prosecutors work through specifics of the case."

Whilst there has been a lot of conjecture regarding that the two designers who are persons of interest in this case are also based in New York, IMPD made sure to stress that "the suspects should be considered innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law."

No news yet on if any charges will be made regarding theft but it'll be interesting to see if there's enough plausible deniability that it's worth taking this case the court or if a plea deal will be made.

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