Cross-Cultural Crime: The Three Amigos Blamed for Robbery of Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards

Robbers cops have nicknamed “The Three Amigos” are blamed for making off with nearly 1,000 Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! cards valued at $850.

If that sentence has been written somewhere before this week, I'll send you a shiny nickel.

“I call them The Three Amigos because they're stupid” for selling the cards a few days later at a local hobby shop, explains Lt. Tim Schmidt, the Anaheim Police Department spokesman.


Around 11:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Clara Barton Park, which is in the 800 block of South Agate Street, two males were sitting in their car when another vehicle with three people inside stopped directly behind them, effectively blocking them in, according to Schmidt.

Now, I don't know why two males were sitting in a car in a park that late at night. Schmidt says two males got out of the second car while the female driver stayed inside and kept the engine running. Walking up to the two males in the first car, the strangers whipped out a six-inch bladed knife and ordered the men to exit the vehicle, the police spokesman said.

The victims were then searched and, not finding anything, the robbers turned to the car, from which they plucked a backpack before getting into the second car with the woman, who sped away, according to Schmidt.

The backpack contained the cards from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Japanese manga series that were taken Jan. 27 to an Anaheim card shop, says Schmidt, who adds they have since been recovered. The shop also had a surveillance camera, and police offered these descriptions of the suspects:

  • A Latino age 20-25 with a large build, standing 6 foot to 6-foot-2, 220-250 pounds and wearing black prescription glasses;
  • A Latino age 20-25, 5-foot-10, 150-165 pounds, black hair, wearing a shirt in the video that read “UEI;”
  • A Latina age 20-25, 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-7, 120-140 pounds with bright red hair at the time of the robbery.

They were in a green Honda four-door sedan from the early 1990s, according to police, who ask that tips be left with Orange County Crime Stoppers, even anonymously, at 855.TIP.OCCS.

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