Shively said the thieves most likely saw the costumes going into the SUV and struck when he and a few friends went in the restaurant to eat around 10:30 p.m. They had just participated in an ASPCA fundraiser.
“My heart dropped,” he said. He noticed a rear door was open on the SUV. “I looked back and the cases were gone. I honestly didn’t know what to do at the time. I was shocked that someone would do that right in front of the restaurant on a busy street.”
Shively is commanding officer of the Georgia Garrison of the 501st Legion, part of an international club that performs charity work using Star Wars costumes. Locally they have raised for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and other organizations.
So far, no arrests have been made, he said, but there may be video footage of the theft. A spokeswoman for the Atlanta Police Department, which was called to the incident, could not provide additional information.
Shively, who lives in Suwanee and works in marketing, has a message for the thieves.
“You don’t know the power of the dark side,” he said. “Just bring them back. They’re used to make kids happy. They’re used to visit children in the hospital and to raise money for animals.”
Combined, the costumes are worth about $5,500, but Shively thinks they will be hard to sell because they are so unique and have special markings.
“They’re going to be hard to sell within the costuming community, for sure,” he said. “Very few of these helmets are in existence. A big fan can really tell the difference.”