Thursday, February 24, 2005

Comics Crime Watch: Council Bluffs, Iowa

First Arizona, now Iowa. Is the country caught in the grip of a comic-book crime wave?

Eh, probably not. But there seem to have been a lot of comics-related thefts lately. The latest, according to the Council Bluffs, Iowa, Daily Nonpareil, has police looking for the two teens (one of whom is shown at right, Dumb Donald-style) who broke into Comic City on Feb. 6 and stole more than $6,000 in merchandise.

Video surveillance shows the two were inside the store for roughly 20 minutes, stealing DVDs, Playstation 2, Gameboy Advance, an LDC television, cameras, RPG cards and two swords, among other items.

"It would have been one thing if they would have just grabbed a few things and left," store owner Chris Kline told the newspaper. "But they took their time."