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Rare trading cards grabbed in Moncton store robbery

Moncton store The Comic Hunter was robbed early Friday morning of $15,000 worth of collectable cards, the store says, including one called Black Lotus, worth $6,700.

Thief targeted display of rare cards, one worth $6,700

The Moncton comic book store was broken into Friday morning. Among the missing property is a valuable Black Lotus Magic: The Gathering card. (Photo: Wikipedia - The Comic Hunter/Facebook) 1:08

A Moncton store specializing in collectable trading cards, games and comic books was robbed early Friday morning of some rare and valuable cards.

The Comic Hunter at 467 Main St. was broken into around 4 a.m. by a single robber, all captured on the store's security cameras.

The thief smashed a window in the front door, triggering the alarm system, and is seen going to a display case filled with rare, pricey cards.

A robber smashed the glass in a door at The Comic Hunter to break in and steal $15,000 worth of merchandise, according to the store. (The Comic Hunter/Facebook)
"He seemed to know what area he was going for, and took stuff from that immediate area, and then quickly left," said Jeff Wry, an employee of the store. "It wasn't a going around the store and taking things, it was an in, take stuff, and go."

Police and store employees arrived quickly after the alarm was triggered, but the robber had left.

The person had targeted collectable cards from a game called Magic: The Gathering.

The store has estimated the value of the goods stolen at $15,000.

That includes one card worth $6,700, according to Wry.

Video footage from The Comic Hunter's security cameras shows a robber targeted a display case holding expensive and rare trading cards. (The Comic Hunter/Facebook)
"The card is called Black Lotus. It's a card that's been out of print for about 20 years," he said. "There's no new printings of it, so it becomes more valuable with time."

The card would be difficult to sell because it is so rare, said Wry.

The store has put the video footage of the robbery on its Facebook site, and is asking anyone with information to contact the Codiac RCMP.