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Thieves broke into an Austin, Texas, gaming store early Sunday and walked out with an estimated $75,000 worth of Magic: The Gathering cards.
Security footage shows two men using a water meter key tor tear open the door of Pat’s Games at about 1 a.m. Sunday, and then leaving less than a minute later with three display cases containing about 300 of the store’s most valuable Magic cards. “They knew exactly what they were looking for,” Jim Hughes, the store’s business operations manager, told the Austin American-Statesman.
These are tough times for Tony Stark, the billionaire playboy/inventor/superhero: Despite all of that wealth, fame and technology, he’s fallen so far that he’s turned to robbing a convenience story. Or at least he tried to rob one.
Police in Aberdeen, Scotland, say a man wearing a blue hoodie and Iron Man mask and wielding a knife entered a convenience store Tuesday night and demanded the owner empty the cash register. However, this Golden Avenger wasn’t prepared to be confronted by his greatest enemy — not Iron Monger or The Mandarin, but a fan.
Although the marketing for the upcoming Deadpool effort has gotten imaginative, this burglary in Florida probably isn’t part of Fox’s campaign.
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office is on the hunt for two men dressed as the Marvel antihero who broke into a gas station in Cocoa, Florida, early Jan. 7 and removed an ATM. However, as the images below show, these were Mercs with Mouths, not with a brains.
Crime | An alert employee of JHU Comic Books in Staten Island helped foil a would-be shoplifter who was trying to make off with $114 worth of comics in his pants. According to police, Dani Ward noticed that Nicholas Perciballi, 22, was acting nervous, and she suspected he might be up to something, so she kept her eye on him as he shopped. Sure enough, as he was leaving the store, he allegedly dropped some comics from underneath his shirt. Ward reportedly called out and ran after Perciballi, then called the cops, who picked him up about 20 minutes later. When he was searched, police say they found four packets of heroin and a number of comics hidden in his clothes. Perciballi has been arrested three times in recent months on drug charges, and he allegedly told police, “I’m selling to support my habit and to cover my court fees from my last case.” [New York Daily News]
Despite being one of the most recognizable superheroes in the world, Spider-Man has proved popular with real-world criminals, who don his mask with surprising frequency while committing illegal acts, ranging from convenience-store robberies to gun-store burglaries. And let’s not even get started on all of those fights on Time Square and Hollywood Boulevard.
We can now add two more incidents to the list, this time in Georgia.
Crime | Police in Amarillo, Texas, are searching for a man who robbed the Big Apple Comics at gunpoint on Tuesday. An employee was locking up the store at about 7:10 p.m. when a man approached him and told him to unlock the doors. The employee resisted, and the robber reportedly drew a semi-automatic pistol and demanded money. The employee handed over an undisclosed amount of cash. [Amarillo Globe-News]
Passings | Zack Davisson, who translated Shigeru Mizuki’s works into English for Drawn and Quarterly, pens the definitive obituary of the late manga master, writing not only about his impact on Japanese culture but also his criticism of Japan’s actions in World War II and its treatment of disabled veterans, which led writer Jake Adelstein to call him “the Voice of Japan’s Conscience.” [The Comics Journal]
A Utah man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he posed as a federal agent to try to secure VIP passes to Salt Lake Comic Con.
Twenty-nine-year-old Jonathon M. Wall of Layton, Utah, was indicted in October on charges of impersonating a federal officer and making a false statement to a federal agent. If found guilty, he faces up to three years in prison on the first count and up to five years on the second. Each count also carries a potential fine of $250,000.
Crime | The thieves who broke into the Pop Culture Company store in Houston, Texas, early Tuesday knew what they were doing: Surveillance video shows just three minutes elapsed between when they hurled a sledgehammer through the store’s glass door and when they left with the cash register, the safe, a laptop and a tablet. Although the three burglars ignored the comics and toys, damage to the store is estimated between $7,000 and $8,000. The speed of the robbery has police and store owner Robert Quijano thinking these are seasoned pros. “This is obviously what they do,” Quijano said. “I get up in the morning, I come to work, I sell comic books. They get up in the evening and they go out and they steal things from people.” [Click2Houston]
Police are on the hunt for three men who forced their way into a toy store in Hamilton, Ontario, last month and hit the bricks with more than $20,000 worth of LEGO.
Bail was set Tuesday at $150,000 for the two Iowa men accused of plotting an armed attack against the Pokemon World Championships, held in Boston in August. That’s double the amount requested by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Kevin Norton, 18, and James Stumbo, 27, pleaded not guilty at their arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court on charges of possession of a large-capacity weapon and other crimes.
The Boston Herald reports that in setting the bail, Suffolk Superior Court Clerk-Magistrate Gary D. Wilson explained their are no conditions of release that would prevent the defendants from purchasing more firearms. “They can buy guns anywhere: Wal-Mart, Bass Pro Shops. … I’m not going to add a thousand conditions that are virtually unenforceable.”
Two Iowa men suspected of plotting to attack the Pokemon World Championships in August will be arraigned today in a Boston courtroom.
Kevin Norton, 18, and James Stumbo, 27, have been held without bail on firearms charges since their arrests on Aug. 22 after police found guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in the car the two drove to the Boston event. Prosecutors say they made multiple online threats against the Pokemon World Championships, which they’d been invited to attend.
In a blow to the Dark Side, a Washington man stands accused of stealing a $30,000 collection of vintage Star Wars toys and selling it to pay off a $2,250 debt.
The Columbian reports 24-year-old Benjamin J. Milam appeared Monday in a courtroom in Vancouver, Washington, to face charges of trafficking in stolen property, residential burglary and first-degree theft.
Crime | A woman in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the return of her brother’s collection of 280 vintage comics, including issues of Detective Comics, Batman, The Avengers and Captain America. Gail Munroe believes they were taken last month from her driveway as she was unloading her car; she briefly left the suitcase they were in unattended, but didn’t realize until days later that it was missing. She’s released a full list of the titles. [CBC News]
Conventions | Nick Vivarelli reports in from the Lucca (Italy) Comics and Games Festival, which with 254,000 attendees is the second-largest comic con in the world. [Variety]
A New Mexico man who had been binge-watching The Walking Dead allegedly told police he beat his friend to death because he was changing into a zombie.
The Associated Press reports 23-year-old Damon Perry of Grants, New Mexico, is being held on a murder charge in the death of Christopher Paquin, also 23.
Police were called Thursday afternoon to an apartment complex, where Perry was allegedly wielding a knife. When they arrived, they discovered the brutally beaten body of Paquin in an apartment, and Perry being detained by maintenance workers.
The Portland, Oregon, comics cafe The Spritely Bean was broken into last week, and whoever did it wreaked considerable damage to the store, smashing the glass door and vandalizing equipment.
That’s the bad news. The good news is the shop, which specializes in independent, creator-owned comics and locally sourced food and coffee, has already built a loyal following: The GoFundMe campaign to raise $5,000 to replace the damaged and stolen property has almost hit its mark. The store was closed last Thursday and Friday but was able to reopen on Saturday.