'Pillow Pet' Pilferer Avoids Prison

$84,000 in stuffed animal toys found in suspect's home and storage lockers

By Lauren Steussy
|  Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012  |  Updated 12:26 PM PDT
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A man believed to have stolen $84,000 in "Pillow Pet" toys will endure three years of probation for his crime, our media partners the North County Times reported.

Police said Danny Wright of Carlsbad stole away with the stuffed animal toys that collapse into pillows from a warehouse in the 4000 block of Calle Platino in Oceanside, according to police.

Wright reportedly entered the warehouse from the back door and took a few boxes of the toys at a time, starting in January 2012.

On Tuesday, he was sentenced to three years on supervised probation and 15 days of community service.

Authorities served a search in Wright's home and two storage lockers nearby. They found several boxes of Pillow Pets in all three locations.

The estimated value of the items seized was about $84,000, police said.

Pillow Pets were designed in San Diego and are commonly sold at mall kiosks. Some are branded with popular sports teams. They sell for about $30 each, according to their website.

The founder of the company, Jennifer Telfer appeared and court and said she wished he would have been punished more.

"Excuse me for saying this, but he raped my company ---- day after day with enough merchandise that would fill this courtroom," Telfer told the NC Times. "To hear from people ... that he got off easy is an insult."

 

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