Derbyshire Police are to donate nearly 200 boxes of Lego to local children's charities following a raid on a man's house.
A Sheffield man was arrested and convicted of the theft of several boxes of Lego from supermarkets around Chesterfield, Sheffield and elsewhere in the country.
49-year old Ian Castley from Pitsmoor Road in Sheffield, pleaded guilty at North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates Court to seven counts of theft and was given a suspended prison sentance until August 2014, a community rehabilitation order and 160 hours of unpaid work.
Now the boxes are to be donated to four children's charities by the police rather than be sold at auction and the money split between the force and the home office.
DC Dean Tidd, who led the investigation into the thefts, said "These Lego sets are of high value and a very desirable toy. Ordinarily the Police would auction stolen property when the owners cannot be found. However this is an usual case and presents us with the opportunity to make a donation to charities and help improve the lives of local children and their families."
The four charities who will benefit from the Lego will be Ashgate Hospice, the Nightingale Ward at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Sheffield Children's Hospital and Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice in Sheffield.