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Charges laid in alleged toy theft ring

Police seized a truckload of toys from a Steveston-area home in October. - Richmond RCMP photo
Police seized a truckload of toys from a Steveston-area home in October.
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A Richmond couple has now been charged with 13 counts of theft under $5,000 for allegedly stealing toys from local retailers and selling them online.

Alyssa Susan John, 35, faced eight counts of theft in Richmond provincial court Tuesday, while Darren Patrick John was charged with five counts.

Most charges stem from alleged thefts in Richmond this summer. Three other charges originate from New Westminster and two from Vancouver.

Richmond RCMP raided the married couple's home, in the 4700-block of Steveston Highway, on Oct. 1. Police searched the home and carried out a "truckload" of stolen merchandise after a search, according to Cpl. Stephanie Ashton.

Police worked with loss prevention officers at Toys "R" Us and TJX Canada, which owns Winners and HomeSense stores, in its investigation of stolen items, including toys and children's clothing. Most of the items seized by police are children's Lego toy sets.

Police allege Alyssa John then sold the stolen items online, mostly to Richmond residents. Multiple sources have told The Richmond Review the items were sold on a Steveston-based Facebook group.

A combined Facebook profile "Darren Alyssa John" shows the couple with four kids, including a newborn.

Anyone with information related to the case are encouraged to contact Richmond RCMP at Richmond_Tips@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

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