Story By: Ernest Bio Bogore, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
Cops have launched a hunt for these three sixty-year-old ‘Fantastic Four’ comic books worth 45,000 USD after they were stolen from a comic book shop.
The incident occurred at around 8:00 p.m. on 11th March when the owner of Alpha Comics, Kevin Robicheau who lives in the Lynwood neighbourhood in west Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, was leaving the shop with the comics in a briefcase.
As there had been a break-in at the shop in the past, Robicheau believed that the artwork would be safer in his home, protected by his two large dogs.
According to reports, as soon as he was outside, two men grabbed him from behind and threw him to the ground before grabbing the briefcase. He reportedly sustained minor injuries in the robbery.
According to the Calgary Police Service (CPS), the two attackers then made their way to a vehicle, but when they realised their victim was watching them, they fled on foot.
The owner of the vehicle reportedly returned to pick up his car the next day and was apprehended by police before being charged with robbery.
According to reports, however, neither the second suspect nor the valuable comic books have been found.
Reports say that the comics are coded as follows: “Fantastic Four #1, code CGC 2074628001 and rating 6.5.
“Fantastic Four #2, GSC code 2041541001, rating 5.5.
“Fantastic Four #13, code CGC 204154003, rating 4.5.”
Certified Guaranty Company (CGC), an independent comic-book appraisal service, says that 4.5 to 6.5 ratings mean comics range from very good to excellent.
Robicheau said that all three works were approaching their sixtieth anniversary and were in excellent condition. He asked fans to keep an eye out for them.
He says the combined value of the comics is around 45,000 USD (38,031 GBP).
Robicheau says: “Given the age and rarity of the three books, they should be easy to spot for anyone who knows anything about comics.”
However, Robicheau was pleasantly surprised by the support of his customers and employees alike in the face of this latest blow to the business, with one employee even offering his copy of Ninja Turtles #1, third edition, as a draw to raise funds.
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