Theft at Tony’s Kingdom

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By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Tony’s Kingdom of Comics and Collectibles was robbed last weekend.

Owner Tony Grove confirmed the news on Facebook Saturday morning, Aug. 9.

“Bad news at Tony’s Kingdom of Comics,” Grove posted. “Last night someone broke in. I’m working with the police on this but if anyone has any information regarding this matter please contact me or the Keizer Police Department.”

Deputy Chief Jeff Kuhns with the KPD said the incident took place last Friday night or Saturday morning. Police responded to the call around 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

“The complainant and individual who identified herself as the manager of the business, Michelle Rotharmel, reported the business was burglarized sometime between the close of business on Friday, August 8 at about 6:30 p.m. and when she opened it on Saturday, August 9 at 11 a.m.,” Kuhns said Tuesday. “An undisclosed amount of cash was taken from within the business.”

Kuhns said it would not be accurate to say someone broke in and stole the money.

“I don’t know if I would use the words ‘broken into’ because the investigating officer did not find anything broken or any signs of forced entry into the business,” Kuhns said. “The are no suspects at this time; however the investigation is ongoing.”

Grove’s sister, Christine Barnes, was among those posting on Facebook in response to the news.

“The really sad thing is that (it) was someone close to the shop, someone my brother (Tony) trusted,” Barnes posted last Saturday evening. “They had a key and the alarm code. Nothing hurts worse than bring betrayed by someone you cared for and trusted. I sincerely hope they have a hard time living with what they did and that it causes them heartache in the long run since they were so deceitful.”

Tony’s Kingdom of Comics is located at 5420 River Road North, in a small strip mall near Albertsons. Rotharmel on Tuesday said news of the incident spread fast, leading to a busy day at the store last Saturday.

“The community was amazing, the way they came into the shop,” said Rotharmel, who noted Grove is out on medical leave until September. “They stood up when they found out and came down here. I was in the process of opening the store. I recognized some things were missing and out of place, which led to me calling the police.”

Rotharmel said there was a common sentiment among those coming in last Saturday.

“It was devastating,” she said. “People were outraged. That’s why they wanted to come in and support the shop.”

Grove also thanked customers via his Facebook page last weekend.

“We had a good amount of loss but we’ll get through thanks to all of our wonderful customers and friends to the shop,” he wrote. “We wouldn’t be here without you. I want to say thank you to all of our Tony’s customers for your support and kindness. We really appreciate our friends.”

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