As any superhero can tell you, crime doesn’t pay. Especially when you steal expensive, rare comic books and try to unload them at regular ol' comic shops.
According to the New York Daily News, an unnamed collector had sent two of his rare comic books—Amazing Spider-Man #1 and X-Men #1—out for appraisal. Police say Spidey was worth $11,000, while the lower-grade X-Men debut was worth “only” $1,000 due to its condition.
But when the package containing the comic books returned, it was left on the owner's Brooklyn stoop unattended. Oops. That’s when things went sideways and the package went missing, and police have now arrested parolee Kenneth Gaynor for the alleged theft.
So how did this comic caper fall apart? According to police, once the collector determined his package had gone missing he called local comic book stores to see if anyone was trying to offload his high-price issues. It turned out, yes, someone had been trying to sell these particular comic books. According to the report, the seller even left his contact details. Ahem, yep. The police set up a meeting, and bam! justice was served.
Gaynor has since been released on his own recognizance. His day in court is November 20.
It’s important to note that, according to police, the appraisal service's delivery company was supposed to get his signature. Instead, the unnamed company reportedly just dropped the package off without anyone signing, leaving the primo package unsupervised. Now we know who the real villain is.