Website alerts APD to stolen Magic the Gathering cards

Pat's Games robbery suspect - surveillance video

AUSTIN (KXAN) — It was not all fun and games for a local gaming store when it was burglarized in January. Now, police believe they know who stole $75,000 worth of Magic: The Gathering cards from Pat’s Games.

Yan Carlos Dominguez-Ugarte, 28, is accused of breaking into Pat’s Games on Jan. 24 and stealing three cases full of rare and valuable collectors cards. Video of the burglary showed two men breaking in and stealing the items.

Alpha Ancestral Recall Magic: The Gathering card (Courtesy: Card Kingdom)
Alpha Ancestral Recall Magic: The Gathering card (Courtesy: Card Kingdom)

While the surveillance video was released, authorities never got information on the possible suspects until CardKingdom.com, a website dedicated to the buying and selling of Magic the Gathering cards, contacted the Austin Police Department about several “suspicious transactions.” The company told police a user from Austin was selling large amounts of rare cards, according to the affidavit. One of the most notable cards the website bought on March 4 was the Alpha Ancestral Recall card, valued at $5,000. Fifty-seven cards were sold to Card Kingdom April 12 and 54 cards on April 28. The website became suspicious after the second large set of cards were sold to them.

Police were able to verify that out of all the cards sold to CardKingdom.com, only 10 were not reported stolen by Pat’s Games, continued in the affidavit. Package labels led authorities to a home in East Austin, where they found Dominguez-Ugarte. When questioned about the Alpha card he sold, Ugarte told police “he knew he shouldn’t have tried to sell the Alpha Ancestral Recall because it would get him in trouble,” according to the affidavit.

The suspect went on to say he didn’t burglarize Pat’s Games and “it was obvious since he didn’t match the suspect in the security footage.” When police conducted a search of the home, they found numerous cards matching the one’s taken from Pat’s Games, continued in the court documents.

Dominguez-Ugarte is facing a charge of theft (possession of stolen property), which is a state jail felony.

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