Thief stole those $ 42,000 comics from a Denver store, including a first edition of $ 14,000 Avengers, cut himself during the raid and tried to clean up the blood with a toilet cleaner
- A man broke into Denver & # 39; s Mile High Comics and stole 14 high-quality comics
- Among them was the first Avengers, worth $ 14,000
- Surveillance video made the man who broke several glass cabinets
- He focused on specific comics and probably knew exactly what he was going for
- After he cut himself on the broken glass, the man tried to clean up the blood with a toilet bowl cleaner
A thief stole about $ 42,000 in classic comics and other memorabilia from a Colorado comic store, while trying to clean up the crime scene by cleaning up his blood before taking off his loot.
The Denver police are looking for help identifying the man who was captured on a surveillance camera on Mile High Comics on Sunday at approximately 4.15 am, and threw down glass cabinets to grab 14 valuables.
Among the rare books that were taken were the first Avengers and Iron Man comics, an original Superman fan club letter and a Spider-Man comic signed by writer Gerry Conway. The Avengers comic alone was valued between $ 12,000 to $ 14,000, store manager William Moulton told it Denver Channel.
On a Sunday morning, a thief broke through Denver & # 39; s Mile High Comics and stole $ 42,000 in rare comic books. He is seen here in surveillance images and examines glass boxes for his purposes
The man can be seen breaking the glass cabinets and getting specific strips
After accepting all the strips for which he came, he used a cleaning product to wipe away blood that he left behind after he cut himself on the broken glass
The guard shows a balaclava thief who carefully examines the boards before breaking the glass and using specific strips, placing them in a USPS mailbox and then looking for more.
After he took what he came for, the thief left the camera to find out what Moulton thought it was, a toilet bowl or window cleaner and paper towels to try and clean up the blood he had left when he put his hand or arm cut as he broke through the glass of the cupboard.
One of the rare stolen comics was the first Avengers comic that is estimated to be up to $ 14,000 (stock)
& # 39; From what the police told us, he did not bind the wound so that he was bleeding while doing this, & # 39; Moulton said.
It seems that the thief then picked up the supposedly bloody pieces of glass and threw them in the trash with the strips and then casually left the scene. The entire incident seems to have lasted less than a few minutes.
Mile High Comics posted a message on them Facebook Sunday afternoon, apologized for the late opening because they had to keep the shop closed until the crime scene had finished gathering evidence. & # 39;
The store also revealed the list of stolen comics and asked patrons to alert them if they were told anything about the stolen goods – a wise move as Denver Pop Culture Comic Con starts May 31.
Images from the aftermath of the crime show piles of broken glass under the looted glass cupboards, as well as a bottle of toilet bowl cleaner. A spray bottle can also be seen on an empty shelf.
Mile High Comics shared this image of the man who, according to them, was responsible for the burglary
The store also shared a photo of the damaged cupboard and empty shelves where the stolen strips used to live
& # 39; We just hope we can get the books back in the state they were in, & # 39; Moulton said 9 News. & # 39; But if the books have blood on them, that's not a good thing. & # 39;
The thief seemed to have gained access to the store by bypassing his security systems. Moulton said they would immediately upgrade the security system of the mammoth shop.
He also said it & # 39; the person who did it knew what they were going for & # 39 ;.
Mile High Comics promotes itself as & # 39; America & # 39; s Largest & Friendliest Comics Retailer & # 39; with 10 million strips at hand.
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Denver Police Department at (720) 913-2000.
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