Someone stole comic books estimated to be worth tens of thousands of dollars from a store in Falls Church, Va., police said.
A patrol unit responded to a call from the 500 block of S. Washington Street around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday and found the front door to Victory Comics broken, Falls Church police said. The owner was notified and went to the store.
He estimated at least $40,000 worth of comic books were stolen, police said.
Rogues took rare vintage comics like the first issue of the X-Men from the early 1960s, key comics that served as source material for Marvel movies such as the eighth issue of Avengers, and books from the 1960s. 1940 and World War II. era, said Jeff Weaver, founder and president of Victory Comics.
The estimate of the stolen equipment has risen to around $75,000 to $100,000, Weaver said, but police have not confirmed the new estimate.
“Obviously you feel violated, and it’s not just a personal violation,” Weaver said. “But Victory Comics serves a community of hundreds of people in the area, and this was really an attack on that community by hurting the viability of the store they love.”
The owner said he was offering a reward of $2,500 for information leading to the arrest of the thieves and an additional $2,500 for the recovery of the books.
“We’re just hoping someone who knows where these books are will contact us and we can get the books and go from there,” Weaver said.
Anyone with information should contact Falls Church Police at 703-241-5053.