Tulsa man nicknamed ‘Pokemon Prowler’ gets federal prison

Tulsa man nicknamed ‘Pokemon Prowler’ gets federal prison

Tulsa man nicknamed ‘Pokemon Prowler’ gets federal prison

A 25-year-old Tulsa man nicknamed the “Pokemon Prowler” has been sentenced in federal court after a string of break-ins and burglaries targeting card game retailers in five states.

Nicholas Garrison was ordered to serve 27 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release and pay $298,771.90 in restitution.

A news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma says the investigation began when Tulsa police responded to a burglary at a game and trading card store in February 2021.

Surveillance video showed a lone individual breaking glass to enter the store and access display cases to take thousands of high-value trading cards. According to prosecutors, blood samples were recovered from the burglary that were later linked to Garrison and similar murders in Texas, Kansas, Illinois and Missouri.

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According to police in Crestwood, Missouri, Garrison was found with “a large amount of Pokémon and sports cards in the vehicle” when he was pulled over by officers in Dallas in late 2021.

Pokemon TCG trading cards can be valued as high as $200 to $300 per rare card; merchandise stolen from a store in the St. Louis in an October 2021 theft was estimated to be worth $12,257.

Crestwood police said Garrison made several attempts to sell stolen trading cards.

In June 2022, Garrison turned himself in to Kansas authorities and cooperated with investigators in connection with the string of burglaries.

FBI, Tulsa Police Department, Crestwood Police Department, Illinois State Police Department Forensic Science Laboratory, Dallas Police Department, Troy (Illinois) Police Department, Great Bend (Kansas) Police Department, McPherson Police Department (Kansas) and Bedford (Texas) ) Police Department investigated the case.

Garrison, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, remains in custody pending transfer to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, according to federal prosecutors.

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