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Police piecing together large Lego theft

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Whoever broke into the Valley View Gifted & Talented House was not playing around.

Jonesboro police say someone stole somewhere between 130 and 200 pounds of Legos, valued at more than $2,000.

"I thought, who on earth would do this?" said Teresa Rogers, the Valley View Gifted & Talented coordinator.

Rogers told police when she left the building on May 30 – the last day of school – she locked the door. Rogers, however, said she left the deadbolt unlocked to allow easier access for the cleaning crew.

 When she came back on June 2, she noticed the door was unlocked and a few boxes had been moved around.

"I didn't even consider someone stealing something," she said.

Rogers finally discovered what was missing a week later while setting up a summer Lego and robotics camp for some of her students.

"Whenever I started pulling out the Legos," she said, "I noticed about two-thirds of my inventory was gone."

Many of the missing pieces were used by the school's robotics team, the Blazer Bots, including an NXT Brick Lego robot worth about $200.

"To think that someone would take that away from the kids is heartbreaking," Rogers said. "I hope that someone can recognize some of these special pieces and give us a call – let us know that they found them."

Rogers is cautiously optimistic that the school can catch the culprit if someone is found with the NXT brick or the other robotic pieces because they're not normally found in regular Lego sets.

"It's something that you can't purchase off the shelf," Rogers said.

The school has replaced a few Legos since the burglary was reported, but some students and their parents have stepped in to help, too.

"I even had a few [people] to donate some Legos to try to rebuild our inventory," Rogers said. "We will overcome it. It will just be difficult."

Rogers suspects a student or someone that knows the value of the robotic pieces may be behind the break-in, but Jonesboro police have no suspects at this time.

Anyone with information about the break-in is asked to call Jonesboro CrimeStoppers at 870-935-STOP.

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