SPRINGFIELD, MO. - Two men stole $5,000 worth of Pokemon cards from a car in May and were caught when they tried to sell them at a Springfield store, police say.
Adam O. Hannah, 22, and Dylan L. Boydston, 23, allegedly broke into a Toyota sedan the night of May 15 or early May 16 and took a backpack filled with 10 boxes of Pokemon cards and accessories.
The incident is described in a probable cause statement which said the car's owner, Tyler Sevon, called police when he saw his car had been broken into and then began calling area stores where the cards could potentially be sold.
While Sevon was on the phone with an employee of Vintage Stock on South Glenstone Avenue, two people — Hannah and Boydston — entered the store and tried to sell her some Pokemon cards, according to the statement.
The cards were the ones described by Sevon, the statement said, and the employee asked Hannah to provide his ID for the transaction.
The statement said the employee kept the cards and stalled Hannah and Boydston while she confirmed with Sevon that the cards were his.
According to the statement, Sevon hung up the phone and called police, who arrived and arrested Hannah and Boydston.
Hannah told police he had nothing to do with stealing the Pokemon cards and that he found it odd that Boydston would have and sell Pokemon cards, the statement said.
According to the statement, Boydston, who had two syringes in his possession when he was arrested, declined to speak with police.
Both Boydston and Hannah have bonds set at $5,000, though online court records show Boydston has since posted bond.
Sevon told the News-Leader Tuesday that he initially couldn't believe it when he called Vintage Stock and was told that someone had just come into the store trying to sell his Pokemon cards.
The cards have been returned to him, Sevon said.
Sevon, 25, is a teacher in the Laquey School District and said he runs an after-school club where students play Pokemon against each other and go to area competitions.
While the Pokemon cards are his, Sevon said those are the cards used by the students when they play.
"The kids are pretty good," he said.
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