Lethbridge Police are investigating the theft of a valuable collection of Magic the Gathering cards and are seeking the public’s assistance to help locate them.
Police have charged a suspect in relation to this matter, but to date only three dozen cards in the 450-card collection have been recovered. The value of the collection is estimated at approximately $10,000.
On Jan. 22, 2016 the collection of cards was inadvertently left behind following a Magic the Gathering tournament at Kapow Comics and were subsequently stolen. On Jan. 23, 2016 police responded to a report of a subject attempting to sell some of the cards at Showcase Comics. The subject fled prior to police arrival, but left behind 35 of the stolen cards. Following further investigation, the subject was later located and charged.
Michael Thomas Coates, 33, of Lethbridge, is charged with theft over $5,000 and possession of stolen property for the purpose of trafficking. Coates is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 19.
Police are seeking the public’s assistance to locate the remaining cards in the collection and are asking anyone who has information regarding their whereabouts or have conducted any transactions with Coates involving the sale or trading of Magic the Gathering cards since Jan. 22 to come forward.
Information can be reported to police at 403-328-4444 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477. Anonymous Crime Stoppers tips can also be submitted online at www.tipsubmit.com. Crime Stoppers will pay cash for information leading to the recovering of stolen property.
A picture of the front and back of a card is included for release.