Silicon Valley Tech Exec Accused Of Lego Thefts

SAN JOSE (CBS/AP) – Authorities say a Silicon Valley software executive put fake bar codes on Lego sets at various Target stores, bought the toys at a steep discount, then sold them online for thousands of dollars.

Forty-seven-year-old Thomas Langenbach appeared in court Tuesday on four felony counts of burglary that could net him up to five years in prison if convicted. He didn’t enter a plea.

Authorities say Langenbach covered the original bar codes on Lego sets with his own bar-code stickers to get a cheaper price. They say he then sold the pilfered sets of colorful toy bricks on eBay.

Langenbach works for German software giant SAP. His LinkedIn profile lists him as a vice president in a Northern California division.

Attempts to reach Langenbach, who is free on bail, were unsuccessful.

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