Three vendors were robbed at this year's Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (otherwise known as C2E2,) with over $9,000 in valuable comics being stolen collectively from the three. Now, it appears as if the Chicago Police Department has found the culprit.
Stephen Bowles of Remington, Indiana has been charged with three felony counts of theft, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Prosecutors say Bowles was caught on camera swiping comics from one of the vendors, who had set up the camera over his booth to help monitor sales. Upon reviewing the video, the vendor alerted police to the theft. Bowles was promptly arrested and found in possession of some (but not all) of the stolen comics. Bowles, who was previously charged with a misdemeanor count of theft in 2015, has already confessed to the crime.
During his bail hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, Judge Stephanie K. Miller announced that Bowles would be allowed to return to his family in Indiana on the condition that he return for all future court hearings. If he fails to appear, he will face a warrant for his arrest.
Bowles' next court appearance is scheduled to take place on March 29.