Actor Ray Buffer, who resides in California, has been charged with misdemeanor theft after a comic book store in San Diego claimed that he had stolen from their establishment back in October.
Buffer, who made appearances on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “ER,” was accused of petty theft by the San Diego City Attorney’s Office and entered a not-guilty plea in January, a representative for the office told The Post on Wednesday.
The spokesperson added that the accusation was related to an incident that happened on October 4, 2022, at Southern California Comics, which at the time publicly charged Buffer with stealing comics valued at hundreds of dollars.
Tuesday, February 28, is set aside for a readiness conference in San Diego Superior Court, according to the city attorney’s office. The city officials did not specify when charges were brought, but online records show that a case involving Buffer was brought on December 13, 2022.
Days after the alleged theft, the comic book shop released surveillance video showing a man inside the store who appears to be hiding the comics under his shirt.
Read More: Constance Wu Is Expecting Her Second Child with Boyfriend Ryan Kattner
Owner of Southern California Comics Jamie Newbold admitted to The Post on Wednesday that he was unaware Buffer had been charged until he received a call from a city attorney this week. He expressed his happiness that the case was progressing.
According to Newbold, “I thought this case got swept under or out of the way.” “Now that I understand the case matters, I know that my experience matters.
He said, after getting in touch with authorities two days after the October incident, “I was losing hope every month I didn’t hear from anyone.”
In an interview from October, Newbold outlined how he initially posted pictures of an unnamed man on social media to alert other comic book shops to the potential thief. Then, other companies asserted that the man was Buffer.
On Wednesday, Southern California Comics posted on Facebook that Buffer was being prosecuted.
Read More: Machine Gun Has Megan Fox “Still Not in A Good Place” Kelly After Dispelling Rumors of Infidelity
Buffer’s lawyer is hoping to settle the case by allowing Buffer to enroll in a diversion program that would require the actor to make amends for the alleged theft, according to Newbold, who claimed to have learned this from the San Diego City Attorney’s Office.
If the courts allow him to make a financial payment for the crime, he “gets off really light,” according to Newbold. “I’d rather he sees justice,”
Approximately 10 comic books worth about $850, according to Newbold, were taken. The city attorney’s office refused to provide more information about the case, and on Wednesday night, the office did not appoint a defense lawyer for Buffer.
Buffer allegedly stole from at least one other comic shop in September, though it’s not clear if the claims resulted in any criminal activity.
According to his IMDb page, Buffer also played a small part in a single episode of “Cold Case,” “Gilmore Girls,” and “CSI: Miami.” This biography mentions that he has made appearances in numerous films.