A long time ago in a galaxy 40 miles north of San Francisco, the world’s largest Star Wars memorabilia collection was robbed of nearly $200,000 worth of action figures, toys, and vintage collectibles. Nearly 100 rare items were stolen from the Rancho Obi-Wan memorabilia museum in Petaluma, CA between 2015 and 2016, causing a great disturbance in the Force as if millions of Star Wars nerds cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.
The rebel scum who’d stolen the items has been brought to justice. CBS 5 reports that Carl Edward Cunningham pled guilty to felony grand theft Monday in Sonoma County Superior Court. Cunningham is also facing charges in Texas for stealing a rare Boba Fett action figure valued at $40,000.
In fact, it was the Boba Fett figurine that got Cunningham captured. Best bounty hunter in the galaxy, indeed!
The story of the heist, as told by Rancho Obi-Wan president Steve Sansweet, reads like a chat between Napoleon Dynamite and The Simpsons’ Comic Book Guy.
“A good friend, major collector and owner of several Star Wars websites, posted news of the theft of his rare prototype rocket-firing Boba Fett action figure from his Texas warehouse,” Sansweet wrote, after discovering in June that he too had been robbed. “Zach Tann, a respected toy dealer and collector in Southern California, immediately notified Philip that he had purchased that figure from Carl Edward Cunningham, 45, a well-known Star Wars collector and R2-D2 builder from Marietta, Georgia.”
I’m gonna list “R2-D2 Builder” as my occupation on my OKCupid profile and see if that gets me any more action.
Sansweet realized that he had allowed Cunningham into his toy museum many times, perhaps turning the place into a wretched hive of scum and villainy. Performing a quick inventory, Sansweet found he was missing nearly $200,000 worth of vintage items with names like “Kenner Diecast X-Wing” and “LEGO Imperial Shuttle”.
Cunningham is facing charges in both California and Texas for for stealing and selling the merchandise. Carbon freezing is not an option, but he could face up to four years in prison at his Sept. 7 sentencing.