Exceptional anime figures worth thousands stolen from nearby interest shop

A uncommon figure of Catwoman from “Batman,” standing about 3 feet tall, was among the

A uncommon figure of Catwoman from “Batman,” standing about 3 feet tall, was among the objects stolen not too long ago from Otaku Detroit in Madison Heights.

Picture provided by Terry Alexander

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MADISON HEIGHTS — Exceptional collectible figures worth hundreds of pounds have been just lately stolen from a area of interest hobby shop in Madison Heights soon after anyone broke the front doorway to acquire entry.

Otaku Detroit, located at 513 W. 11 Mile Highway in Madison Heights, opened past yr amid the pandemic and lately marked its a single-yr anniversary. The retail outlet specializes in exceptional goods primarily based on video clip games and Japanese animation, also known as anime. Lots of of the figures stolen ended up constrained-operate products that can not be effortlessly replaced by a distributor.  

Among the the figures taken have been a 3-foot-tall statue of Catwoman, from the “Batman” sequence, as perfectly as rare types in the “Funko Pop” line of figures. Many figures are only available in Japan or are now out of creation, this kind of as a determine of the character Ken Kaneki from “Tokyo Ghoul.”

The dollars register was also stolen, reportedly with $1,000 nevertheless inside.

“Why would an individual do this,” requested Terry Alexander, co-owner of Otaku Detroit, through electronic mail. “We make it pretty easy to get any sort of figure you like. Why us, why now?”

The incident occurred all around 4:30 a.m. July 29, when the glass front door was broken. According to Alexander, Otaku Detroit did not have safety cameras set up at the time. However, he claimed cameras at a movie activity retailer future door and a automobile large amount across the avenue captured footage of a suspect dressed in black, breaking into the store with what appeared to be a crowbar.

The owners of Otaku Detroit have now contacted neighborhood pawn shops, inquiring them to be on the lookout for abnormal items from the video clip video game and anime fandoms.

Madison Heights Police Lt. Michael Siladke claimed in an e-mail that his office is pursuing all investigative sales opportunities. Specific potential buyers are advised to be wary of any scarce figures getting offered for affordable, as they may possibly be stolen merchandise.

“A exceptional or generally increased-stop item being marketed much less expensive than typical, or in bulk with other merchandise, should really be a purple flag to a probable buyer. Persons ought to not be fearful to dilemma a seller about an item’s history and how they came into possession of it,” he reported. “If something doesn’t appear to be correct, wander away from the buy.”

Siladke also advises organizations to have correct protection techniques in location.

“Any company should really manage a protection technique, which includes CCTV, and promote that they have security with a decal on the window,” Siladke claimed. “No cash should really be still left in the register, and any substantial-conclusion items need to be saved out of look at or locked up to discourage theft.”

Alexander mentioned Otaku Detroit is currently in the method of earning the required alterations.

“Going ahead, we are heading to put into action a bit far more safety steps for our store and our clients,” Alexander claimed. “We pleasure ourselves on being a a single-end shop. Even even though we could have popular things in the retail store, we will go out of our way to purchase nearly anything from any style that any individual would like, so practically nothing is off restrictions for us.”  

He explained opening during the pandemic past yr “was frightening, and a bit of a challenge,” but that “with the support of the neighborhood and our clients, we designed it by way of just one calendar year, and I have no doubt we’ll make it by way of this and extra with the aid of anyone.”

Otaku Detroit can be achieved by contacting (248) 629-6990.

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