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Police: Tyrone man stole comics

Police: Wiser tried to sell issues

From Mirror staff reports

A Tyrone man who police say tried to sell stolen comic books is due in court this week.

Joshua A. Wiser, 33, is accused of walking into The Comic Vault, 1130 12th Avenue, on Feb. 7 with eight comic books he was trying to sell, including a collectible “Amazing Spider-Man” No. 361.

According to Altoona police, the owner of the comic books discovered they were missing from his home and called the comic book store to alert the owner about the missing issues.

When Wiser walked into The Comic Vault on Feb. 7, the owner of the store called Altoona police. Wiser allegedly claimed the comics had been “in his basement for years” although the certificate of authenticity for the Spider-Man comic was dated May 2017.

Police said Wiser had been staying with the mother of the man whose comics were stolen and they were taken sometime after Christmas. Wiser was kicked out of the house by the woman after she noticed he had been stealing items from the house, police noted.

After Wiser was read his Miranda warning, he refused to talk to officers, although he appeared to be nervous and was acting jittery, police added.

Police confiscated the eight comic books from Wiser, valued at $350, and allegedly located another stolen book — a “Tolkein Dictionary” — inside Wiser’s backpack, along with a clonazepam pill and dextroamphetamine pill.

Wiser remains free on an unsecured $10,000 bond. His preliminary hearing on misdemeanor receiving stolen property and drug possession charges is scheduled for Wednesday at Central Court.

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