Man moving in to Fountain Square has comic books stolen

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indianapolis police are asking for the public’s help looking for the person behind a bold car break-in.

It happened Monday night in the Fountain Square area.

Police said no one was hurt, but 24-Hour News 8 discovered the thief managed to get away with boxes of books valued at more than $10,000.

Brandon Dravet started his comic book collection 23 years ago.

“I had a way higher vocabulary growing up and it all started with my mom buying me a comic book,” he said.

But just days after moving into his neighborhood on Wright Street, someone walked off with most of his collection.

“It’s was just a huge portion of my life to invest in something and now it’s gone,” he said.

Tuesday morning, Dravet found his rented SUV broken into outside his new home. Inside were all of his comic books. The rear back side window was smashed out. Police were able to lift finger prints off the vehicle.

“There were over 1,000 comic books, varying from all the golden age up until recent,” said Dravet.

Dravet said each book had different values, but all were in mint condition.

“I had one that was worth about $650,” he said.

What’s left of his collection are comic books sitting on Dravet’s porch. The thieves dropped them as they were trying to get away. Dravet said because they are wet, they are now worthless.

“Everything that I moved so carefully and done everything with turned into this. Nobody’s going to read that. Nobody’s going to buy that,” he said.

Dravet said ultimately you can’t put a price on the collection, but he had plans for the books down the road.

“The value of the comics alone man, that was something that I started when I was 8 years old and it was going to be like my child’s college fund,” Dravet said. “I do want them back. I don’t know if that’s a possibility but anything would help that to happen, I’d be more than willing to do.”

Dravet called all of the comic book stores to alert them about the crime and to be on the look out for anyone coming in trying to sell a large amount of the books.

He said he didn’t have insurance for the books and he’s hoping the thief will have a change of heart and return them.

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