A fan of the popular game Magic: The Gathering had $1,600-worth of cards stolen in Minnesota after meeting someone who responded to his Craigslist ad.
ABC 6 reports the incident happened in a parking lot outside the Apache Mall in Rochester at around 7:30 p.m. last Thursday night, when the victim had arranged to meet someone who wanted to buy the cards he'd advertised.
When he turned up however, the suspect took the cards and drove off in a white pickup which had someone in the passenger seat. He is described as a small, thin, black man, between 25 and 30 years old, the TV station notes.
Fortunately, the victim – a 40-year-old from Cresco, Iowa – is likely to get his cards back.
KIMT reports they were sold shortly after to a hobby shop for around $600. Soon after, the victim called the shop warning them not to buy them.
According to the station, authorities believe the suspect and accomplice had planned to rob the man from the start, having already been in contact with the shop letting them know they would be selling some cards before the crime took place.
Magic: The Gathering is the largest trading card game in the world, according to QuickTopTens, and with more than 11,000 different cards having been released, the price for rarer ones can run into the thousands of dollars.
The rarest card, generally considered to be the "Black Lotus" which had a print run of just 1,100 in the 1990s, has been sold at prices of up to $30,000 before, Yahoo notes.
And the card game community is a tightly-knit one, with victims of card thefts generally able to call on retailers for help. This happened in Virginia earlier this year when a player set up a sting with the help of cops and a card shop to recover $8,000 worth of cards stolen from his car, as reported by ArsTechnica.
In Florida, a newspaper reporter may have been killed for the $25,000-$100,000 worth of Magic cards he kept at his home in Pensacola by two armed robbers, according to AJC.com.