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June 11, 2014

Police: Man stole $2,300 in Legos

— The theft of more than $2,300 in Lego blocks has put a Johnstown man in a cell block, police say.

Roger Wayne Roles Jr., 22, of the 600 block of Elder Street, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge John Barron of Stonycreek Township.

Richland Township police said Roles allegedly wheeled a shopping cart filled with Legos out of Wal-Mart at Richland Town Centre on May 19, 22, 23 and 24.  

Police said store video shows Roles making off with boxes of the colorful interlocking plastic bricks valued at $2,379.46.

The price of Lego building sets can easily top $100.

“Legos may be expensive, but you’re still expected to pay for them,” Assistant District Attorney Joseph Green said.

Roles was charged with multiple counts of retail theft and receiving stolen property.

Police said a member of store security witnessed the May 24 theft. As Roles was being detained, a drug needle fell from his pocket, prompting police to add a drug paraphernalia possession charge, police said.

Roles was returned to the Cambria County Prison, where he is being held on $25,000 bond.

Public Defender Patricia Moore said she will ask a county judge to lower the bond.

“We’ll file a request for bond reduction and a drug assesment,” she said.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on twitter.com/PatBuchnowskiTD.

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