Thursday, February 24, 2005

Burglar caught after selling stolen comics

The Arizona Daily Sun reports that $140,400 worth of stolen vintage comics were recovered on Feb. 1 after the burglar sold them to a used-books store for $600.

"Pretty much every red flag went up when these kids came in with these comic books," Gene Roberdeaux, manager of Bookman's Used Books, Music & Software, told the Daily Sun. "They didn't know what they had in their hands."

The comics, which include the first five issues of Amazing Spider-Man, the first six issue of Incredible Hulk and the first 10 issue of Fantastic Four, were stolen from a Flagstaff home in late January while the owners were on vacation.

An 18-year-old Flagstaff man has been indicted on four counts of second-degree burglary, one count of felony theft and one count of trafficking in stolen property. A second suspect, a juvenile, already has been sentenced on an unrelated matter.