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Thieves broke into an Austin, Texas, gaming store early Sunday and walked out with an estimated $75,000 worth of Magic: The Gathering cards.
Security footage shows two men using a water meter key tor tear open the door of Pat’s Games at about 1 a.m. Sunday, and then leaving less than a minute later with three display cases containing about 300 of the store’s most valuable Magic cards. “They knew exactly what they were looking for,” Jim Hughes, the store’s business operations manager, told the Austin American-Statesman.
As we’ve seen before, Magic cards can sell for outrageous prices, with the rarest fetching more than $27,000.
The Austin Police Department has already received praise from store owner Pat Johnson for putting an officer on the case who actually plays Magic.
Pat’s Games has listed the contents of the three display cases on its Facebook page, where you can also view the security footage. Johnson said the theft of Magic cards is fairly common, which is why her store requires anyone wishing to sell them to provide a driver’s license.