A Medford woman is facing a felony theft charge after allegedly stealing Lego building sets and a vacuum that together were valued at about $1,450.
Toykay K. Johnson, 54, of the 2600 block of Brookside Drive was due to be arraigned Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court on a charge of first-degree theft but failed to appear in court.
Johnson allegedly went into Target Feb. 4 and stole a Dyson vacuum and four sets of Legos priced at just under $965, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by Medford police.
She allegedly went past all the checkout counters, making no attempt to pay for the items, and left the store, the affidavit said.
Her actions were seen by a witness and captured on the store’s security camera system, the affidavit alleged.
The next day, Johnson allegedly returned to Target and stole eight sets of Legos that together cost $486 the affidavit said.
She was again seen by a witness and captured on the security camera system, the affidavit alleged.
Johnson was taken into custody by Medford police at Target after the second alleged theft, the affidavit said.
Dyson vacuums at Target cost $299.99 to $599.99.
Lego sets at Target range from $9.99 for a small 143-piece Wonder Woman figure to $159.99 for a 1,416-piece Star Wars spaceship.
Shoplifting the building blocks has become increasingly common across the nation, especially as Lego inked licensing deals to sell costly sets tied to popular franchises such as Star Wars, www.vice.com reported.
In 2014, Phoenix police busted a ring and seized $200,000 worth of Legos, while a group in San Diego was arrested in 2016 on allegations members stole $15,000 worth of toys, most of which were Legos, according to www.vice.com.
Investigators say stores generally display Legos out in the open, despite their high cost, and the blocks are virtually untraceable because they lack serial numbers, www.vice.com reported.
Johnson, who has a long history of failing to appear in court for hearings, has several pending cases in Jackson County, according to court records.
She is accused of driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving in 2015, heroin possession in 2016, stealing food valued at less than $100 from Walmart in 2017, stealing and selling tools valued at more than $100 from Lowe’s Home Improvement in 2017, and stealing and selling a tent valued at less than $100 from Walmart in 2017.
Dating back to 1984, Johnson has dozens of resolved court cases that include convictions for driving under the influence of intoxicants, first-degree burglary and harassment, court records show.