Pokémon thief avoids time in the pokey
Kyriacos Christou has been found guilty of theft. Christou worked in the warehouse for Magic Madhouse Ltd, an online store that sells Pokémon cards. We now know that Christou was pocketing Pokémon cards over a number of weeks, and his haul included booster packs and booster boxes. Over time, Christou stole over $70k worth of Pokémon cards.
Christou was caught when Magic Madhouse’s owner Michael Duke started to notice that some of their Pokémon card catalog was missing. Duke hopped on eBay to see if any of their missing cards were being sold, and he noticed a number of auctions that lined up perfectly with what was missing. This led to Duke catching Christou in the act via secret security cameras.
The stolen property was being kept in Christou’s mother’s house, and the entire lot of stolen items amounted to over half a million Pokémon cards. 28-year-old Christou plead guilty and was given a 16-month suspended sentence. Christou has to repay the £6,000 ($7,270) within 28 days of the sentencing, complete 175 hours of unpaid work, and stay crime-free for the next two years to avoid jail time.