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Posted by No_name_here (1225 posts) - - Show Bio
 A Human Torch comic from 1948 was one of the comics stolen from the collection.

Those who were rightfully outraged about the case of a man in upstate New York getting fatally beaten for his valuable comics collection will be relieved to know that suspects have been apprehended and charged for the crime. Columbus, Indiana's Republic has reported that Rochester restaurateur Rico Vendetti and five other city residents have been apprehended for burglary and racketeering. The list of stolen goods they’re accused of transporting over state lines includes expensive goods like power tools, GPS devices and rare comics. It was an eBay listing of the latter, which matched the victim’s itemized collection, that linked this man to the assault case. Vendetti allegedly gave his accomplices a list of items he wanted to buy once they'd stolen them for him. In the case of the comics, he paid $3,000 to get comics whose resale value was 40-100,000 dollars.

The collector, Homer Marciniak, died after being assaulted in July and investigators are considering exhuming his body to determine if the heart attack that killed him may have started during the break-in.  If that’s proven to be the case, the suspects may be leveled with even more serious charges, as they aren't currently being accused of murder. == TEASER ==

The police chief handling this affair reiterated that Marciniak had visited comic shops in Rochester to find out how much his comics might be worth. In doing so, he most likely brought himself and his collection to Vendetti's attention. Once again, I’d urge any collectors here to use this case as a cautionary example to treat rare comics like any other valuable asset and be appropriately careful about who you let know about what's in your collection.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of HYBRID BASTARDS! & UNIMAGINABLE . Order them on Amazon here  &  here .

#1 Posted by tonis (6202 posts) - - Show Bio

Glad they caught this scum. I really hope they prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.

#2 Posted by turoksonofstone (13199 posts) - - Show Bio
@tonis said:
" Glad they caught this scum. I really hope they prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. "
#3 Posted by Om1kron (1170 posts) - - Show Bio

assholes. seriously we were just talking about comics not really being worth anything and now people are mugging others for comics.  
 
smh. Even if a book is worth 100-400 thousand dollars, who the hell has that kind of money to pay for a comic?

#4 Posted by Mutant X (1543 posts) - - Show Bio
@turoksonofstone said:
" @tonis said:
" Glad they caught this scum. I really hope they prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. "
"

Agreed. Jusice will be rightfully served.
#5 Posted by difficlus (10679 posts) - - Show Bio
@Mutant X said:
" @turoksonofstone said:
" @tonis said:
" Glad they caught this scum. I really hope they prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. "
"
Agreed. Jusice will be rightfully served. "
#6 Posted by Krakoa (555 posts) - - Show Bio

FRY 'EM

#7 Posted by Dracade102 (8167 posts) - - Show Bio

Fantastic.

#8 Edited by Duo_forbidden (1161 posts) - - Show Bio

So glad they got they caught the guilty party. People surprise me sometimes of how far they would go just to make money.

#9 Posted by N7_Normandy (2430 posts) - - Show Bio
@Krakoa said:
" FRY 'EM
"
I give this a big thumbs up
#10 Edited by G'bandit (13689 posts) - - Show Bio

Where the heck is Batman when these things happen? 
 
Wait Batman is too soft 
 
Where's Jason Todd's Batman when these things happen? 
 
He should Of 

.BANG BANG BANG BANG! everybody!
#11 Posted by PumpkinBomb (493 posts) - - Show Bio
@Krakoa,  @N7_Normandy:
You know New York hasn't had the death penalty for years?
#12 Posted by N7_Normandy (2430 posts) - - Show Bio
@PumpkinBomb said:
" @Krakoa,  @N7_Normandy:You know New York hasn't had the death penalty for years? "
I'm aware; I live there.  Doesn't mean I can't indulge myself with macabre thoughts.  
#13 Posted by ReverseNegative (2729 posts) - - Show Bio
@G'bandit said:
" Where the heck is Batman when these things happen? 
 
Wait Batman is too soft 
 
Where's Jason Todd's Batman when these things happen? 
 
He should Of 
.BANG BANG BANG BANG! everybody!
"
Yeah. That's an idea. Jason should have a new mini-series hunting down comic thieves. 
#14 Edited by emptytomb (398 posts) - - Show Bio
@G'bandit:

maybe he and superman were looking for lex luther and his billionare clones
#15 Posted by reaper2923 (2778 posts) - - Show Bio

Good they deserve to get whats coming to them

#16 Posted by BruceW (39 posts) - - Show Bio

Wow hardcore, now there's a limit to comic book love

#17 Posted by Theworldbreaker (1642 posts) - - Show Bio

Thor needs to lay the hammer on his ass. 
 
   

#18 Posted by Grimoire (545 posts) - - Show Bio

Glad something came out of it if anything. If his heart attack started at the time of the robbery I hope they get charged for murder.

#19 Posted by Mercy_ (92848 posts) - - Show Bio
@tonis
Glad they caught this scum. I really hope they prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.
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#20 Posted by Bestostero (5618 posts) - - Show Bio
@tonis said:
" Glad they caught this scum. I really hope they prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. "

#21 Posted by Decept-O (7279 posts) - - Show Bio
@tonis said:
"Glad they caught this scum. I really hope they prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. "

Totally agree with that sentiment and plenty of the other comments already posted.  May the victim and his family receive justice for this awful crime.
 
@Tom Pinchuk:  Thanks for the update on the story.    
 
#22 Posted by comicbikerscott (152 posts) - - Show Bio

goodthing i don't collect
#23 Posted by Hawkling (178 posts) - - Show Bio

Glad they got caught.
 
Does anybody else see the uncanny resemblance between that robot on the cover and Bender from F

uturama?
#24 Posted by Icarusflies (12505 posts) - - Show Bio

Good! They deserve whatever they get for this.

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#25 Posted by RiddlingGambit (204 posts) - - Show Bio

Rico Vendetti should be charged for murder for sure. What he did was abhorrent & unforgivable. It's too bad there aren't comic-book style executions. That should really be his fate since he victimized a comics collector. Perhaps an old school vat of acid deathtrap scenario with him being slowly lowered into it from the ceiling all chained up? Ok ok maybe that's extreme... but yeah, he needs to go to jail for the rest of his life at the very least.

#26 Posted by Norusdog (203 posts) - - Show Bio

what a bunch of bullshit....regardless of whether or not the heart-attack started before during or after the break-in...it was the break-in that caused it....it was those assholes faults....at the very LEAST it's involuntary-manslaughter.
 
I bet the guy would still be alive if they hadn't busted in and beaten him...what pieces of shit...and the fact they are going to probably evade the IMS charge just shows what fucking dogshit our legal system is.

#27 Posted by Formidable (200 posts) - - Show Bio
@emptytomb said:
" this is one type of crime that occurs when Obama doesn't fix the economy "
Bush is the one who screwed up the economy over 8 years and you expect President Obama to fix it in 2 years and then try to blame this heinous and evil crime on him. Despicable.
#28 Posted by Gothic Storm (842 posts) - - Show Bio

Those guys should be castrated and dragged up and down the street during Comic-Con in San Diego.  You could then end the whole thing with a curb stomping compliments of Stan Lee.

#29 Edited by Bearded Justice (751 posts) - - Show Bio

JUSTICE BE DONE!

#30 Posted by emptytomb (398 posts) - - Show Bio
@Formidable said:
" @emptytomb said:
" this is one type of crime that occurs when Obama doesn't fix the economy "
Bush is the one who screwed up the economy over 8 years and you expect President Obama to fix it in 2 years and then try to blame this heinous and evil crime on him. Despicable. "

if you can't handle being president or resolve problems you shouldn't run for to be a president. Elected to fix the economy but Obama rewarded those who destroyed the economy by giving $300 billion and later still wanted to give 80 billion more.
#31 Posted by Mumbles (846 posts) - - Show Bio
@Formidable : 
 
truth
#32 Edited by strangeling (180 posts) - - Show Bio

I blame one James Robinson. 
I just watched this movie on Netflix streaming last night. 
It gets dark at the end, and I actually found it hard to watch due to crap like this.   
 
There's already been two articles on this subject on Comic Vine in the past.  One was... Gil Kane(?) being mugged for original artwork. 
EDIT: I guess if I read comprehensively, and clicked through, I'd figure out this is a follow-up to the one article, and it was Gene Colan who was mugged. 
I still blame James Robinson.  =P

#33 Posted by NightFang (10128 posts) - - Show Bio
@tonis said:
"Glad they caught this scum. I really hope they prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law."
#34 Posted by ViciousCesar! (2310 posts) - - Show Bio
@Krakoa said:
" FRY 'EM
"
#35 Posted by Mercy_ (92848 posts) - - Show Bio
@Formidable said:
" @emptytomb said:
" this is one type of crime that occurs when Obama doesn't fix the economy "
Bush is the one who screwed up the economy over 8 years and you expect President Obama to fix it in 2 years and then try to blame this heinous and evil crime on him. Despicable. "
QFUT.
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#36 Edited by NightFang (10128 posts) - - Show Bio
@emptytomb said:

" @Formidable said:

" @emptytomb said:

" this is one type of crime that occurs when Obama doesn't fix the economy "
Bush is the one who screwed up the economy over 8 years and you expect President Obama to fix it in 2 years and then try to blame this heinous and evil crime on him. Despicable. "
if you can't handle being president or resolve problems you shouldn't run for to be a president. Elected to fix the economy but Obama rewarded those who destroyed the economy by giving $300 billion and later still wanted to give 80 billion more. "
President Obama needs time too fix the problem and after what happened in the mid-term election, we might have to wait 8 more years before the economy does any better, but the point is  
these guys made their choice and now they have to pay for it!
#37 Posted by greenenvy (634 posts) - - Show Bio

Well thats good lets see now if they get charged with murder down the line. 

#38 Posted by Eyz (3095 posts) - - Show Bio

Another crazy man gone wrong for stupid reasons...
They got what they had comin' :P

#39 Posted by Formidable (200 posts) - - Show Bio
@emptytomb said:

" @Formidable said:

" @emptytomb said:
" this is one type of crime that occurs when Obama doesn't fix the economy "
Bush is the one who screwed up the economy over 8 years and you expect President Obama to fix it in 2 years and then try to blame this heinous and evil crime on him. Despicable. "
if you can't handle being president or resolve problems you shouldn't run for to be a president. Elected to fix the economy but Obama rewarded those who destroyed the economy by giving $300 billion and later still wanted to give 80 billion more. "
He can handle being the president and is resolving the problems. Bush orchestrated the 300 billion dollar bank bailout before he left office. President Obamas stimulus bill gave 787 billion to the individual states. If you think President Obama can wave a wand and erase 8 years of corruption you are delusional. He is trying to extend unemployment benefits, but the republicans want to block that. 
 
With that said the economy was horrible and getting worse with bush who caused this financial crisis but i don't see you blaming him for this poor mans death.
#40 Edited by Formidable (200 posts) - - Show Bio
@The Dark Huntress said:

" @Formidable said:

" @emptytomb said:
" this is one type of crime that occurs when Obama doesn't fix the economy "
Bush is the one who screwed up the economy over 8 years and you expect President Obama to fix it in 2 years and then try to blame this heinous and evil crime on him. Despicable. "
QFUT. "
what does qfut mean?
 
@Mumbles said:
" @Formidable :   truth "

Thank you.
#41 Posted by Mercy_ (92848 posts) - - Show Bio
@Formidable Quited for undeniable truth.
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#42 Posted by They Killed Cap! (2243 posts) - - Show Bio

Glad to hear this.
#43 Posted by dondasch (926 posts) - - Show Bio

Time for the death penalty.  Glad that they caught these people.

#44 Posted by KRYPTON (1891 posts) - - Show Bio

What's wrong with people?

#45 Posted by CaptainUseless (730 posts) - - Show Bio
@tonis said:
" Glad they caught this scum. I really hope they prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. "
So do I. Who the hell would steal someone's comics? Hope they die a painful, painful death.
#46 Posted by Jordanstine (907 posts) - - Show Bio


Glad those scumbags were apprehended and charged. 
 
On a more lighter note: 
 

 Guys! 
 
That's BENDER from FUTURAMA in a 1940 Marvel Comic Book!

#47 Posted by Lvenger (20704 posts) - - Show Bio
@tonis said:
" Glad they caught this scum. I really hope they prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. "
 
Couldn't agree more with that statement.
#48 Posted by Darkseid Elite (8424 posts) - - Show Bio

Killing him won't solve anything. I was just reading a She-Hulk comic last night and she wanted to kill a criminal but decided against. The death penalty is not the answer to everything. I could see someone like Hitler, but everytime someone does a crime you can't just immediately say fry them.
#49 Posted by goldenkey (2927 posts) - - Show Bio

what a dummy.

#50 Posted by Formidable (200 posts) - - Show Bio
@The Dark Huntress said:
" @Formidable Quoted for undeniable truth. "
Oh. Well thank you very much.