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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Last of Stolen S.F. Lego Landmarks Returned

Posted By on Sat, Apr 10, 2010 at 9:30 AM

click to enlarge It's back!
  • It's back!
In February, we reported on the sad plight of Mark Benz, who suffered something of a real estate crisis. The massive, painstakingly detailed San Francisco landmarks he'd crafted out of Legos were stolen out of his truck, parked in the driveway of his Fremont home.

Today Benz -- an engineer and president of the Bay Area Lego Users Group -- announced he has recovered the last of his filched creations. A person who wishes to remain anonymous purchased Benz' Legos at a San Jose flea market, and contacted a member of the Lego Users Group, who in turn contacted Benz. The Lego hand-off was made, fittingly, at the Bricks by the Bay Lego exhibition at the Fremont Marriott.

click to enlarge Mark Benz has his work cut out for him converting this back into a San Francisco landmark
  • Mark Benz has his work cut out for him converting this back into a San Francisco landmark

Along with the San Francisco Lego landmarks recovered last month in the back of a stolen pickup truck in

Castro Valley, Benz now has just about all of what was earlier ripped

off. He acknowledges that rebuilding the wrecked San Francisco

landmarks will take months -- but it's not as if San Francisco hasn't been rebuilt before.

click to enlarge San Francisco, while in pieces, is back where it belongs...
  • San Francisco, while in pieces, is back where it belongs...




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Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

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