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Theft at Rancho Obi-Wan

Postby Seahawks » Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:16 pm

Steve Sansweet just released this statement on his website.

Hopefully Steve is able to recover most of the items and the thief gets locked up for a very long time. No place for this crap in the hobby.

http://www.ranchoobiwan.org/sadnews/

Dear fellow Star Wars fans and collectors,
I need to share some distressing news with you because I need your help.

In February we at Rancho Obi-Wan found out that we had been the victim of a major theft that surreptitiously took place over many months in late 2015 through 2016.
There were more than 100 valuable items stolen, the majority of them vintage U.S. and foreign carded action figures, many of them rare and important pieces. Most have either been resold or professionally appraised for a total of more than $200,000.

The theft came to light after Philip Wise, 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. 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.
Tann further told Philip that he previously had bought many other rare Star Wars collectibles from Carl and sent a detailed list. Philip said that he quickly concluded by the quantity and quality of items that they had likely been stolen from my collection here in Petaluma, California.

Tann is working closely with us and authorities to help recover and return as many of the stolen collectibles as possible. Without Zach Tann’s call to Philip, which came despite great potential personal financial exposure to himself, we might still not know of the theft or its extent.
Carl surrendered on an arrest warrant from the Sonoma County, California Sheriff’s Department at the end of March and was charged with felony grand theft. He is currently free on bail with additional hearings in the case scheduled.

I have known Carl for many years, considered him a good and trusted friend, and played host to him at my home numerous times. I, and the staff at Rancho Obi-Wan, are devastated that he is the alleged perpetrator of the thefts. Not only have important items been stolen from the collection, but also our time, energy and ability to trust unconditionally have taken a blow.

If you have any information about Carl Cunningham’s activities or items that he has sold please write to tips@ranchoobiwan.org. If you think you may have purchased a stolen item, please be patient while we work through this process. It is our goal to resolve this situation as quickly as possible and to continue to use the collection at Rancho Obi-Wan to “Inspire through the Force” despite the destruction caused by one person.

Thank you for your help,

Steve Sansweet
Rancho Obi-Wan
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Re: Theft at Ranchi Obi-Wan

Postby spoons » Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:37 pm

Totally shocking. There are some real low lifes in the collecting community, I hope the pieces are recovered.
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Postby Carl Waterworth » Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:03 pm

Shocked, saddened and disgusted by this. :(
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Re: Theft at Ranchi Obi-Wan

Postby Robstyley » Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:24 pm

Well shitty! You can't steal from Sansweet. He's done loads for Star Wars fans and collectors. Met him briefly at celebration, nice fella. Hope he gets it all back :(

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Postby StarWarsFan » Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:09 pm

:( terrible news poor guy.

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Re: Theft at Rancho Obi-Wan

Postby SAVORY100 » Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:43 pm

Un-Be-Fuckin-Lievable... :evil:
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Postby edd_jedi » Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:55 pm

Well this changes things. I initially praised the guy for coming clean on the Fett assuming it was one silly mistake, but this is now clearly a long and calculated series of thefts that cannot be forgiven. With the amounts involved in the hundreds of thousands, that's got to be jail time.

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Re: Theft at Rancho Obi-Wan

Postby Mini99 » Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:59 pm

If it could get any worse the fact that accused is a friend and fellow collector.
A sad day. :(

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Re: Theft at Rancho Obi-Wan

Postby Bunglebubs » Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:04 pm

Terrible news, that guy should get strung up. It will probably change the way others will be allowed to see his collection now searching you as you leave or something because of one scumbag. Feel for Steve as he comes across as a really nice guy, hopefully he will get everything back and that anyone who unknowing bought any of the stolen items get their money back too.
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Re: Theft at Rancho Obi-Wan

Postby Russ J » Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:54 pm

Thieving scumbag low life cunt.... :x

Can't think of owt else to say....

Ps...sorry for the heavy language Edd

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Re: Theft at Rancho Obi-Wan

Postby Snaketibe » Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:23 pm

Let's hope Steve recovers all of his stolen items and that the thieving scumbag that took them gets sent to prison for a long time.

I know Steve's collection is vast, but I am a little surprised that a theft on the apparent scale of this one didn't come to light earlier :!:

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Re: Theft at Rancho Obi-Wan

Postby Commander Clint » Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:39 pm

I just saw this.

This is awful. Especially from someone that you thought was your friend. :evil:

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Re: Theft at Rancho Obi-Wan

Postby SublevelStudios » Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:23 pm

You know, there are more thieving low life scum bag 'respected collectors' out there than you think but this is top of the tree.

I hope they all get what's coming to them.

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Re: Theft at Rancho Obi-Wan

Postby steve obi wan » Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:00 pm

Poor form !! Bloody ridiculous :evil:
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Reliving my child hood , only this time I have to spend my own money !

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Re: Theft at Rancho Obi-Wan

Postby Darth Bobby » Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:12 pm

Very very sad. What a shit bag. I feel very sorry for Sansweet.


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