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Florida 'Lego Bandit' convicted in DuPage County

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 12:13 a.m. CDT

LOMBARD (AP) – A serial shoplifter from Florida known as the “Toys ‘R’ Us Kid” and the “Lego Bandit” has been found guilty of stealing art supplies in northeast Illinois.

Ignatius Pollara, 51, was convicted Monday of three counts of burglary and two counts of retail theft in DuPage County, the Daily Herald reported.

Pollara was arrested July 3, 2015, when police say he stole about $80 in art supplies from a Hobby Lobby in Lombard. He has been held on $125,000 bond since his arrest.

Pollara was convicted in a 2012 burglary spree in which he stole over $2 million in Lego sets and Toys ‘R’ Us toys.

Downers Grove police Sgt. Jeremy Thayer testified that more than 10 police officers followed Pollara after they were tipped off on July 1 that he would be flying into Chicago from Florida the next day.

Police obtained a search warrant for his rental car and found receipts for several small purchases Pollara made, as well as items that appeared to be stolen.

Pollara declined to testify at a hearing Friday. He has been citied three times during the case for criminal contempt of court, often for profane courtroom outbursts.

His sentencing is scheduled for April 24.

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