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Thieves target Beanie Babies because of toys' rising value

Beanie Babies are hot - in more ways than one.

Police investigating an alleged stolen goods fencing operation came upon several hundred of the floppy, stuffed animal toys - some valuable collectibles - worth an estimated $20,000.Though highly prized by collectors, the toys got little respect from those accused of receiving them from thieves.

"I found a `Princess Di' on the kitchen floor all dirty," Sgt. Gary Cameron said after the raid Friday. "I picked it up and brushed it off. It's worth between $400 and $500."

Dave Golden, 30, and Joey Smith, 20, were jailed on one count each of receiving stolen property.