Three weeks after losing
about $37,000 in comic books and action figures to a burglary, Ruben
Flores, 71, and his daughter received a surprising call
Victoria Advocate, Texas
VICTORIA, Texas — Three weeks after
losing about $37,000 in comic books and action figures to a burglary,
Victoria shop owner Ruben Flores, 71, and his daughter received a
"He said, 'I think we found your stuff,'" Flores' daughter Ramona Flores, 27, said Tuesday.
The call was from the Victoria Police Department. Most of the Floreses' stolen merchandise was recovered.
"We figured this stuff was long gone," the younger Flores said.
Tuesday, police announced more good news for the Floreses. They had
arrested Victoria resident Rudolfo Alvarez, 26, on a warrant charging
him with theft or possession of stolen property between $30,000 and
$150,000 in the 1400 block of East North Street. He remained in the
Victoria County Jail in lieu of a $35,000 bond. He has no criminal
history in Victoria County.
In late December, Ruben Flores
returned from a two-week hospital stay for diabetes-related
complications with his daughter to find a shelf of comics gone from
their shop. Midnite Rambler Collectibles, 503 E. North St., borrows its
name from the elder Flores' DJ handle, which he used during his
decadeslong career broadcasting in Victoria.
According to the
Victoria Police Department, police recovered an estimated $37,000 of
comics and action figures from A+ Movies, Games and Thrift Store in the
1300 block of Sam Houston Drive on Jan. 3.
Despite the good news,
Ramona Flores said they recovered only about 80 percent of the stolen
items, which included such esoteric works as a comic from the "Warrior
Nun Areala" series. She said the stolen goods were identified by her
father's handwriting and packaging.
"Something good always happens when something bad happens," Ruben Flores said.