A small-time actor named Ray Buffer is being accused of stealing hundreds of dollars worth of comic books from a store in San Diego that was caught on video.
Southern California Comics said that Buffer, who was in the hit TV shows “ER” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” stole more than $600 worth of comics from the store.
A Facebook post shows video of a man inside the store who seems to be hiding comics under his shirt.
Jamie Newbold, the owner of Southern California Comics, told The Post on Sunday that after he posted a picture of an unidentified man on social media to warn other comic book stores about a possible thief, other stores said the man was Buffer.
He said that a Los Angeles comic shop sent him video of what seemed to be the same person committing another theft in their store.
Newbold said that the possible crime against his store happened last Tuesday and on Thursday he filed a report with San Diego police. He gave The Post the number of the police report and hopes that the investigation into what happened will pick up this week. He said that at least 6–7 comics were missing.
“This is Ray Buffer. Our camera captured him stealing comics by concealing them in his shirt,” Southern California Comics posted on Facebook. “We discovered the crime and watched the surveillance video until we saw this. We are sending all the info over to the police.”
Last month, the same man caused trouble at Metropolis Comics in Los Angeles. A video posted by Southern California Comics shows the co-owner, Alania Rice, confronting the man, who appears to have comics tucked under his shirt.
The owner tells him to leave and when she turns around, it looks like the man pulls comics out of his shirt and puts them back on a table before walking out the door.
Rice told on Sunday that the event had happened. She also thinks Buffer is the person in the video because of how he looked and sounded when they briefly talked and how that matched up with videos of him online.
The allegations were first reported by TMZ and the San Diego Police Department confirmed that a report had been made about the theft at Southern California Comics. No charges have been made against Buffer.
“We offered him the choice of either returning our property (we know what he took because an earlier part of the video has him holding the books) or we turn it over to the law. He emailed us and claimed we are harassing him,” Southern California Comics said in the Facebook post.
Several news outlets tried to get a comment from Buffer, but they didn’t hear back. According to his IMDb page, Buffer had very small roles in single episodes of TV shows like “CSI: Miami,” “Gilmore Girls” and “Cold Case.”
The magazine Entertainment Weekly said that he recently played an unnamed Russian thug in the Brad Pitt movie “Bullet Train.”
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