Texas police are “aggressively investigating” the theft of millions of dollars worth of baseball cards that was caught on camera.

The brazen theft occurred on July 7 during the Dallas Card Show, the largest card show series in the U.S., held six times a year in Allen, Texas. Victim Ashish Jai, owner of Legacy Cardz, posted video footage on Instagram of who he said were the suspects carrying out the theft. He also shared images of dozens of vintage cards that he said were taken.

One of the suspects seen in the footage appears to be stacking chairs, but then grabs a box of cards from under the table and walks away. Meanwhile, the card dealers can be seen talking to others.

Jai said on Instagram that his team was distracted by a group of people engaged in what he believes was a deliberate, targeted robbery.

Stolen sports cards
Photos Jai shared of some of the stolen cards. Of the dozens seen in an Instagram post, he said only a few are still in his possession.

Ashsh Jai

Jai wrote about the video on Instagram: “The man who took the suitcase from under the table in the middle of the square of tables had been stacking chairs at the counter for over an hour and we thought he was working there.

“These guys had been watching us all day after watching the footage and even went through a process of changing clothes. It was predetermined and targeted because they knew exactly which suitcase to take, which contained a large portion of my inventory…”

Jai told Newsweek that the estimated value of the stolen cards was approximately $2 million. He has offered a $70,000 reward for the return of the stolen cards, or information leading to their recovery, and has asked anyone with information to contact him or the Allen Police Department.

Officer Sam Rippamonti, a spokesman for the Allen Police Department, said Newsweek that the officers were still in the early stages of the investigation.

“We are using all available resources to identify the suspects so they can be held accountable,” Rippamonti said. “It appears this was an organized group that distracted the owner while one of them was able to rob the owner of his cards.”

Theft of collectible cards is not uncommon. In May, a man in Florida was arrested by two MMA coaches after he tried to flee Miami with $30,000 worth of Pokémon cards.

After the attempted robbery, images circulated on social media showing the suspect being approached by three men. One of them was shirtless and holding the potential thief to the ground.

“My friend jumped out of the car, cut him off and then we climbed on top of him and with our jiu-jitsu we got him under control,” said Dominic Galiana, one of two martial arts coaches from a nearby center who is seen in the video confronting the thief.

The suspect, identified by police at the time as 33-year-old Jasiel Manfarrol, was charged with theft.

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