The search for a rare comic book collection that was stolen from an East Vancouver home has come to a heroic end.
The Fantastic Four were the subject of a Vancouver Police investigation last week after the comic book’s first printed issue was taken from a 100-pound safe, along with several other collectible comics.
Police report that Fantastic Four: Issue No. 1 has been recovered after someone was caught trying to sell it at a local comic book shop. The VPD says the shop’s owner quickly recognized the rare copy and held on to it, but the suspect managed to flee the scene.
Depending on condition of the comic, Fantastic Four: Issue No. 1 has sold for up to $500,000 according to some experts.
Suspect not smart to visit a shop
Brent Stratichuk, assistant manager of The Comic Shop on West 4th Ave., says his shop was given a list of comics to look out for by police, but wasn’t the location where the collection was retrieved.
But he says even if the suspect had visited his shop, even without warning by Police, staff would’ve been suspicious.
“Someone just coming in off the street with those types of books, you know, the red flags would be, you know, going up, I mean we’re really not sitting there doling out big wads of cash for comics anyways.”
He says based on the list of missing comic books provided by the original owner, the collection itself is worth around $35,000, and Fantastic Four on its own is about $20,000 of that total.
Stratichuk says someone selling such rare books likely wouldn’t get big money from a local shop, and he’s surprised the seller didn’t try eBay first.
There are still some comics outstanding, and Police are attempting to identify the man who entered the shop.
No arrests have been made in this case, but anyone with information is asked to call the VPD Property Crime Unit 604-717-3328, or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.