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Florida State University library security employee stole nearly 5,000 rare comics, police say

Todd Peak sold comics to private buyers, comic shops
Students enter Robert Manning Strozier Library at Florida State University WTXL
Posted at 2:11 PM, Feb 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-09 14:12:55-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The head of security at a Florida State University library was arrested last week after he stole nearly 5,000 rare comic books and sold them to private buyers and area comic shops, police said.

Todd Peak, 38, of Crawfordville, was arrested by FSU police Friday on charges including grand theft and dealing in stolen property.

According to police, Peak had one of the four keys that allowed entry into the area in the subbasement of the Robert Manning Strozier Library where the comic collection was kept.

The comics were first reported missing in September. A few days later, the owner of a comic shop in Suwannee County told police that Peak came into the store with two long boxes "full of absolutely gorgeous very high-grade silver age comic books (1970-1984)" and was looking to sell them quickly. The owner said Peak's behavior was "odd and cagey."

X-Men comic books on shelf in 2018
A general view of X-Men comic books on a shelf on the second day of New York Comic Con, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018.

Police said Peak made posts in a Facebook group that he was "looking to downsize his collection." Police said the comics being sold were all listed as stolen from FSU.

READ: List of stolen comics

According to police, a search warrant revealed that Peak searched for the value of the comics 448 times since the theft.

FSU released a statement to WTXL in Tallahassee saying that Peak was no longer a university employee.

Police have been able to recover 2,843 comics from the missing collection.