Calgary

$50K in rare Fantastic Four comic books stolen from Calgary shop

Three rare Fantastic Four comic books worth about $50,000 were stolen from a Calgary shop. Although police have made one arrest, they're still looking for a second man as well as the missing books.

One man arrested, second man and the vintage comics still missing

Three rare Fantastic Four comics, including this one, were stolen from Alpha Comics in Lynnwood on March 11. (Calgary Police Service)

Three rare Fantastic Four comics worth about $50,000 were stolen from a southeast Calgary shop. Although police have made one arrest, they're still looking for a second man as well as the missing books.

Around 8 a.m. on March 11, store owner Kevin Robicheau was leaving Alpha Comics in Lynnwood with the books in a briefcase.

Because of a previous store break-in, he believed they would be safer in his home, where thieves would first have to make it past two 120-pound dogs.

Two men grabbed Robicheau, threw him to the ground and stole the briefcase. 

The two men ran to a nearby vehicle, but when they realized the store owner was still watching them, they took off on foot, according to police.

Comic books and 2nd suspect still missing

Police arrived on-scene and eventually the owner of the suspect vehicle returned. He was arrested but a second suspect has not been identified.

Robicheau says the books were all approaching the 60-year mark and were in great shape for their age.

"With the age and rarity of these three books, they should stick out to anyone who knows anything about comics," said Robicheau. "Also, we have been in touch with every comic store within the city as well as many on the outskirts." 

The stolen comics are:

  • Fantastic Four #1 with a CGC number of 2074628001 and grade of 6.5.
  • Fantastic Four #2 with a CGC number of 2041541001 and grade of 5.5.
  • Fantastic Four #13 with a CGC number of 204154003 and grade of 4.5.

Those rankings, on a scale where 10 is "gem mint" condition, range from "very good+" to "fine+."

'Nothing but support'

Rifahie Al-Rifahie, 20, is charged with robbery.

Robicheau says his customers and staff have been amazing, with one employee donating a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 third printing for a raffle. Other regulars have also donated items for raffle.

"It has been nothing but support from them and the community."

It's already been a tough couple of weeks for Alpha Comics, with sales down because of isolation and social distancing orders coming from all levels of government. This was another unexpected blow to the shop.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the non-emergency line at 403-266-1234 or to submit an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers.