A Texas man who had a lot of unhappy customers in his online sports card business is now the victim of a burglary.
Police in Jacksonville, TX are investigating the theft of thousands of dollars in sports cards from a business owned by Eual Brent Hallford, currently facing multiple felony charges and a federal investigation over an internet business.
Hallford, who ran Trading Card Collectibles, was the target of a Better Business Bureau Investigation after hundreds of complaints were lodged from customers who bought items from Hallford over the internet but never received them.
The burglary at the location Hallford where ran his business was discovered by the building's landlord last week.
“Somebody made entry into the old store and removed the majority of the inventory that had been left inside the business," Jacksonville (TX) police detective Daniel Franklin told the Jacksonville Daily Progress. Hallford had been evicted from the business last summer and there was a lien placed on most of the merchandise that remained inside, according to police. “The landlord wasn’t sure exactly what had been left there, but the majority of what was in there is definitely gone now," Franklin told the paper. He estimated the value of the stolen merchandise to be about $6,000.
Hallford was no stranger to the law. He was arrested in November of last year for five counts of credit/debit card abuse and again the following month for forgery. After his December arrest, the U.S. Postal Service also obtained a federal search warrant, removing documents and computers from Hallford's business.
Federal charges from the USPS investigation could be filed shortly. Hallford has not stood trial on any of the other offenses as of yet.