Halloween tricks started early for Atomic Comics, an Arizona comics chain, when a 16-year-old crashed her car into the front of the store’s Mesa, Ariz., location at 9 a.m. Oct. 31.
According to store owner Mike Malve, the incident happened about an hour before the store, located at 1120 S. Country Club Dr., was scheduled to open for the day. In a story at Newsarama, Malve wrote, “The store alarm went off and they [the female driver was accompanied by a 19-year-old male] pulled their car out of the wreckage and left the scene of the crime. Within minutes we received a call from our alarm company. We called the store manager, Julian, who was on his way to the shop. He then called us back at the offices about 10 minutes later, frantic, and saying it was a war zone at the shop.”
Malve and another employee arrived at the store about 40 minutes later to find a number of police and fire vehicles on the scene. According to reports, the car struck a water main, which took the city about a half-hour to close, flooding the store ankle-deep in water and damaging or destroying approximately 90% of the stock.
Malve said that while a water removal team removed the water later that day, the moisture and humidity took their toll. At this time, he’s examining options for the store with his insurance company, but said he plans to rebuild and reopen.