In St. Louis, thieves broke into Martin Casas’ storage unit and snatched his comic book collection. Then they took the comics to a local comic shop to sell them. Thing is, Casas owns the shop. The thieves left the box of comics behind for appraisal and as soon as Casas saw the box, he they were his. He had written “Cap” on the side, designating it as a box of Captain America comics. Inside, he searched for one particular comic, the third installment of the Captain America Truth series. He had gotten it years ago and knew his copy had a small red mark on the corner. He called the cops, then called the woman who dropped off the box of comics. She apparently had no idea she was trying to sell them back to their rightful owner, so Casas played dumb. He told the woman, “This is a great collection. You’ve got at least a couple hundred dollars in comics there.” He arranged a meeting for 10 the next morning. But before he hung up, he asked if she might have any more, as he was interested in buying whatever he could for the shop. In fact, she said, she had recently come into a lot of comics. Casas made an appointment with the woman to cut a deal. When she showed up, police were waiting.
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