Theft suspect tries selling stolen cards to victim's boss

Published: Dec. 24, 2015 at 11:17 PM MST|Updated: Feb. 19, 2016 at 12:56 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - When a man walked into a local game store in Tucson offering to sell thousands of dollars worth of playing cards, the store's owner knew to call the police right away.

The cards, a collection of Magic: The Gathering cards valued at $10,000, were reported stolen by Shannon Rezendes.

She said she and a roommate noticed their house had been burglarized when they returned home this week.

Aside from some gaming consoles, a backpack was missing from their other roommate's bedroom.

Knowing it contained a valuable collection, Rezendes said she called police and several local game stores to alert them about a potential sale.

"Having that missing really kind of broke my heart," she said. "It was terrifying."

She had no idea the cards would turn up at the same store where her roommate worked.

Amazing Discoveries' owner Dustin Ochoa said someone initially called the store in search of a buyer.

Ochoa said he suspected they belonged to his employee, so he coaxed the man on the phone to bring the cards into the store for closer inspection.

"I knew exactly what cards were his," Ochoa said.

When the suspected thief returned to collect his money, officers from the Tucson Police Department were there to investigate the situation, according to Ochoa. He said they followed the man out of the store and connected him to the burglary.

The rightful owner of the cards considered giving up on his life-long hobby, Ochoa said.

He said it's great to see how quickly fellow gamers can come together and help the situation.

From social media posts to local game store owners calling each other back and forth with information, Ochoa said the Magic: The Gathering community is about more than a card game.

"The real big thing that I want to take away from this is how tight-knit and awesome the community is in Tucson and how they really look out for each other," he said.

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