Police identify suspects who stole $300K worth of Castle Assault trading cards from Gen Con 2023
Police have identified the thieves who stole approximately $300,000 worth of Castle Assault Trading Cards from Gen Con 2023 as they awaited official release, using a pallet jack to remove one pallet of gaming cards. Authorities have released photos of the suspects and sought public help in identifying them.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) says two people stole about 30,000 Castle Assault trading cards from Gen Con’s storage facility in late August. The suspects used a pallet jack to remove one pallet of gaming cards, which were stored in a locked container. The IMPD says the thieves were able to bypass a security gate by cutting the lock, and then loaded the pallet onto a truck.
“These suspects were taking advantage of the pre-event rush and scenes of event staff moving pallets,” the IMPD says. The stolen merchandise was located and recovered in New York City on August 25. IMPD detectives have been in communication with the suspects’ attorneys.
“The case is expected to be presented to the prosecutor’s office for charging considerations,” the IMPD continues. “Vigilante justice attempts against Castle Assault have led to a drop in its rating on BoardGameGeek, but there’s no evidence that the game’s creators were involved in the theft.”
Castle Assault creators Andrew Pearson Giaume and Thomas J. Dunbar have spoken out about the theft, saying that they are “devastated” by what happened.
“There was never any intention to harm the convention, employees, or attendees,” they say. “We are thankful that the authorities have located the merchandise and are working on the specifics of the case.”
IMPD has since shared additional photos of the suspects, and has asked the public for any information that could be helpful in identifying them.
“The detectives on this case have been working with the suspects’ attorneys,” IMPD says. “The IMPD will release additional information when it becomes available.”
Castle Assault’s creators say they are “devastated” by the theft.