Trading card store in Castle Hills hit by theft within days of opening

The theft happened on June 3rd, according to Castle Hills Police Department.

Within days of opening its doors, a trading card store in Castle Hills was hit by a thief.

The owners were able to cover the merchandise, but the person responsible still hasn’t been caught.

“I see him pull out a stack of cards and put them right into his bag,” The PokeHive store owner, Cole Blancett, said while showing KSAT 12 News surveillance video.

It happened in an instant when Blancett’s back was turned, but the video showed him what he missed.

“Coming back and buying more items and everything else so he could continue to set up his theft,” Blancett said.

Blancett says his brick-and-mortar store was open for just eight days when the person in the video swiped the pack of cards.

“We want this place to be enjoyable, to have this happy, trusting vibe to it. And we just had a harsh reality pretty swiftly into us opening that that may not always be the case,” Blancett said.

The alleged thief stole $500 worth of merchandise from PokeHive in Castle Hills and sold it down the road to another card store, Geeked Out, in Balcones Heights.

Chris Giddens and his Geeked Out co-owner, Paul Lex, recognized the man in the video as someone who had come into their store hours later selling the same product.

“I feel like we’re like the Crime Stoppers of Antonio because we’ve had countless people come into the shop with just stolen merchandise,” Giddens said.

“You just got to communicate. All stories have to communicate,” Lex said.

It’s not the first time this has happened. Lex says they’ve had at least 10 instances of recovering stolen material and 11 thefts of their own.

“This is our livelihood. Without these products, we lose money for our families,” Lex said.

Blancett says they’re working with Castle Hills PD to catch the person in the video so he doesn’t keep doing this to other stores, but they’re changing their store policies to better protect themselves.

“We’re going to have to start ID’ing and doing other things and having those items on file. So if a store does call us and say, ‘Hey, we had some stolen product,’ I can track that person down,” Blancett said.

CHPD is investigating the theft that happened at The PokeHive. If you recognize the person in the surveillance video, call (210)342-2341.

About the Authors:

Leigh Waldman is a news reporter at KSAT 12. She joined the station in 2021. Leigh comes to San Antonio from the Midwest after spending time at a station in Omaha, NE. After two winters there, she knew it was time to come home to Texas. When Leigh is not at work, she enjoys eating, playing with her dogs and spending time with family.