January 21

Palm Beach County, Florida (WPTV). A Palm Beach County man was arrested in Arizona after police said he was trying to sell about $ 100,000 worth of stolen comics.

On January 8, Phoenix police said a man who was later identified as Philip Weisbauer of Royal Palm Beach, Florida went to a comic book store in Phoenix to negotiate the sale of four comics with a store manager.

The comics are said to cost around $ 97,000.

The officer said that Weisbauer left the store but returned two days later to bargain with the store owner.

When he left the store after his second trip, the police followed him to the house where he was arrested on January 10.

The police found four comic books, which were among 446 stolen from the vault in Boca Raton. The stolen comics are valued at over $ 1 million.

West Palm Beach Past, Present, Future Comics buys, sells and trades thousands of comics a year.

“All collectors know each other,” said Past, Present, Future Comics employee Sal Ciano.

So when the comic book robbery occurred in Boca Raton, the store was on high alert.

“Our owner, Mark Gallo, is one of those collectors, so he kind of knows. He heard about these books when they went missing, so if someone tried to sell them here, it would raise the flags, ”Ciano said.

It is not known if any of the stolen property was insured. But since they constantly change hands, more often than not, people do not spend money on their insurance.

“When you have books of this high value, of this kind and the like, they become visible books. Only a few collectors have them at any given time, so you kind of know who they are, it’s not such a big circle, ”Ciano said.

However, each comic evaluated is barcoded, which stores usually check to see if it is stolen or registered to before buying or trading.

It is not known if any of the 446 stolen books were found other than four found in Arizona.

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