Two 20-year-old men were arrested this week in Kōbe, Japan, on charges that they stole their teenage friend’s Yu-Gi-Oh! cards.
Kōbe Shinbun NEXT reports, via Anime News Network, that the men showed up at the home of their 15-year-old pal on Feb. 18, only to discover he wasn’t there. So, naturally, being friends and all, they did what you would expect: They allegedly made off with his 320-card Yu-Gi-Oh! collection, valued at about $685.
Although Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards may not be as ubiquitous as they once were, they’re still popular — more than 25 billion have been sold worldwide since 1999 — particularly, it seems, among thieves: In October, Dragon’s Lair Comics & Games in Omaha, Nebraska, was robbed at knife point by someone who demanded a box of cards; and in 2011, a 17-year-old was accused of walking into Fun 4 All Comics & Games in Ypsilanti, Michigan, wearing a disguise and what appeared to be an improvised explosive device, and demanding, among other merchandise, “most, if not all, of it Yu-Gi-Oh! cards.”
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