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Father Fights to Reclaim Stolen Antique Lego Collection From His Ex-Wife, But He Couldn’t Believe What She Did With Them.

When the Original Poster’s (OP’s) cherished Lego collection, an investment intended for his son’s future, is stolen by his ex-wife’s husband, an unexpected conflict erupts. The stolen Lego sets not only ignite a legal battle but also threaten to upend an already delicate family dynamic. As the situation escalates, reaching the steps of the courtroom, the question looms: will justice be served?

A Marriage Dissolved

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OP divorced his ex-wife three years ago following her infidelity. They share custody of their 13-year-old son, whose interests have changed dramatically over the years. A particular pastime was playing with Lego, an interest the ex-wife’s new husband also shares, but with a peculiar twist – he uses crazy glue to make the sets permanent.

The Lego Collection

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The hobby with his son led OP to build up a valuable collection of Lego sets, some of which are worth considerable money. He kept them unopened and in mint condition. A fond reminder of shared moments with his son, they were also seen as a future investment towards his son’s education or a home.

An Unexpected Intrusion

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When OP was away for medical reasons, his son dropped by to pick up his PS4. Unexpectedly, the son was accompanied by the ex-wife’s new husband, the man she had an affair with. The new husband was strictly forbidden from entering the house.

Theft Uncovered

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The man entered the house despite OP’s protests via his entry camera speaker system. Later that evening, OP’s son texted him, suspecting that his stepdad had taken some of the Lego sets. Upon returning home, OP confirmed the missing sets.

The Confrontation

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When confronted, the ex-wife’s new husband admitted to taking the sets for the boy’s collection, even though he had long outgrown his interest in Lego. With the stolen sets being extremely valuable, OP gave his ex and her husband an ultimatum – return them or pay for them within two weeks.

The Threat of Legal Action

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When the man refused, OP threatened him with a lawsuit and criminal charges. The cost to replace the sets exceeds their savings and would also use up their house down payment. The value of the stolen sets qualifies the theft as a felony.

Legal Proceedings Initiated

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Refusing to back down, OP filed a police report and started working with a lawyer to sue his ex and her husband. They were saving for a house, a potential benefit for his son when he visits them. However, the stolen Lego sets were also intended to secure his son’s future.

Public Ridicule

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As word of the lawsuit spread, OP faced mockery from those around him who dismissed the issue as a fight over toys. He tried to explain that the Lego sets were an investment for his son’s future. Unfortunately, pursuing the matter legally might negatively impact his son’s living conditions at his mom’s house.

Damaged Goods

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OP’s heart sank when his son informed him that the stolen sets had been opened, and one even glued together, slashing their worth. The damage was irreversible, further escalating the conflict with OP’s ex and her husband.

Reporting to the Authorities

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OP visited the local state police station to report the theft formally. He presented all his evidence and gave a detailed statement of the incident. He felt confident that he was making the right move.

Breaking the News

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When OP picked up his son, he informed his ex that he had filed charges against her and her husband, offering them a chance to turn themselves in. OP decided to tell his son about the actions he had taken. The son responded positively, agreeing that it was the right thing to do.

Public Sentiment Shifts

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As more facts about the case were made public, friends and family shifted their opinions in OP’s favor. The theft of valuable property was no longer viewed as a petty squabble over toys but a serious violation. This change reflected the growing understanding of the value of the stolen Lego sets.

Legal Challenges

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As the lawsuit progressed, OP encountered several legal challenges. These included proving the value of the stolen items and the intent of the theft. Each hurdle added a new layer of complexity to the case.

Trial Begins

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Finally, the trial began, with both parties presenting their respective sides of the story. The court recognized the value of the stolen Lego sets and ruled in favor of OP. The ex-wife and her husband were ordered to compensate for the theft and the irreparable damage caused to the items.

Aftermath of the Trial

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After the trial, OP began to feel the effects of the court ruling on his relationship with his son and ex-wife. Despite the legal victory, the family bonds were strained. The trial’s aftermath provided a sobering reminder that every action, even when justified, has consequences.

Was The Father’s Behavior Appropriate?

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OP posted his story online for feedback. The readers in the community forum had a lot to say on the matter. Here are some of their responses:

Forum Responds

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One reader said, “He shouldn’t have entered your house without permission and shouldn’t have stolen the sets. He broke the law; he faces the consequences of his actions. It’s about as simple as that.”

Another Commenter Thinks

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Another responder wrote, “The stepdad is a thief. He blatantly entered your home and stole from you. Sue him.”

A Third View on The Story

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A different person stated, “Make sure your son knows why you are doing this in case his mom tries to twist the story.”

A Final Perspective on the Matter

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Another reader commented, “I hate this phrase, but don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time comes to mind. You’re not doing this to them. His STEALING is what caused his situation.”

What Do You Think?

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What are your thoughts on their actions?

What would you have done in this situation?

This story is inspired by a thread from an online forum.

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