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Handyman accused of swiping $239K in comic books, art from Marvel exec caught

SPARTA — The handyman accused of stealing more than $239,000 in comic books and comic book artwork from a township home of a Marvel executive was arrested in New York City, according to Northjersey.com. 

Francesco Bove, 64, of Brooklyn, New York, was hired earlier this year to do clean-up and repair of a home that sustained water damage from a broken pipe, Sparta Police Lt. John Lamon previously said in a news release.

Instead, Bove and his girlfriend moved into the unoccupied residence of Marvel Comics chief creative officer and former editor-in-chief Joseph Quesada and stole valuable comic books and artwork from the home when his living situation was discovered, according to Northjersey.com.

Investigators found Bove sold several pieces of art to dealers and auction houses before fleeing the United States and heading to Italy, authorities said. Lamon said the homeowner has since been in contact with the buyers and has located most of his stolen artwork. 

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Lamon said he believed at least one of the pieces stolen was a “Daredevil” comic book. 

Northjersey.com reported Bove was arrested this week and awaits extradition to Sparta on charges of burglary and theft.

Quesada’s wife discovered something was amiss earlier this year when she remotely viewed the security cameras at the home and saw only blacked out screens, the news outlet reported. She then sent a friend over to check on the property and found Bove staying there with his girlfriend, according to the report. 

Quesada told police he never gave Bove permission to live there then fired him and demanded he leave, the report said. The theft of the art collection was discovered soon after when a friend asked Quesada why he was selling a portrait of his wife, according to the report.

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