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Virginia authorities: Toys R Us worker sold stolen toys online for more than $120K

March 29, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Virginia authorities: Toys R Us worker sold stolen toys online for more than $120K Obaid Sheikh

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Long before Toys R Us revealed their plans to go out of business, a staff member at a Virginia store sold close to 3,000 in stolen toys worth an estimated $123,000 on eBay.

Authorities say Obaid Sheikh, 25, sold 2,970 worth of stolen toys during his four years of being employed at a Fairfax Toys R Us location and then put the items up for sale online.

An asset protection manager for Toys R Us began an investigation in October after a series of thefts at the store. He later discovered a seller’s profile on eBay under the username “YoungHov289” that had been selling new toys, some of which were Toys R Us exclusives, according to WJLA.

The asset protection manager connected the account to Sheikh, who confessed to stealing the toys out of the store’s back door before placing them in the trunk of his vehicle. A review of company records later revealed that Sheikh had spent only $4.24 for store purchases.

After he was arrested in February, Sheikh admitted to an investigator from the Fairfax County Police Department that he created the plot because he felt mistreated at the business. Sheikh used the money in part to cover college-related expenses.

According to NBC Washington, Sheikh also turned over $185 of stock that was still in his vehicle after the asset protection manager called the police. Sheikh now faces charges of embezzlement, selling stolen property and carrying out an illegal financial transaction.

A Fairfax County officer who asked to remain anonymous told The New York Post that Toys R Us officials made the probe easy for authorities.

“They handed it to us on a silver platter,” the officer said Tuesday. “They discovered him and reached out to Fairfax police.”

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