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Pokémon Card Theft: Former Corrections Officer Arrested

Collecting Pokémon cards has experienced a resurgence in popularity in recent years. However, for one individual, pursuing this hobby became problematic.

Josh Dale Hardy, a 35-year-old former correctional officer for Calhoun County in Alabama, found himself on the wrong side of the law when he was arrested for allegedly stealing Pokémon cards from a local Walmart. Hardy, who had just finished his shift at the county jail and was still in uniform, was caught on surveillance cameras taking individual Pokémon trading cards out of their packages and placing them in his pockets.

According to Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade, it was evident that Hardy had taken off his uniform shirt, turned it inside out, and was still wearing it during the theft. The star badge on the shirt was visible.

The arrest is a reminder that even those who are tasked with upholding the law can find themselves on the wrong side of it. It is unclear what motivated Hardy to steal the Pokémon cards or how long he had been engaged in this illegal activity. This incident serves as a cautionary tale for collectors and enthusiasts to ensure that they obtain their Pokémon cards in a legal and ethical manner.

As the popularity of Pokémon cards continues to grow, it is essential for individuals to resist the temptation to resort to theft in order to obtain these collectible items. Instead, they should explore legitimate avenues such as purchasing cards from authorized retailers or engaging in card trading with fellow enthusiasts.

Authorities have not disclosed the potential consequences Hardy may face as a result of his arrest. However, this incident serves as a reminder that no one is above the law, regardless of their profession or position.