Actor Ray Buffer accused of stealing $600 worth of comic books from San Diego comic book store
Embattled actor Ray Buffer has been accused by two California comic book stores of shoplifting hundreds of dollars worth of comic books – and security footage from both stores appears to show the little star indulging in the deed.
Southern California Comics first laid the charges last week, posting footage of the bearded man confirmed to be Buffer stuffing his shirt with several books on Sept. 29.
The price of the collectibles, the store said in a scathing post the next day, was over $600, prompting the store to file a police report with the SDPD.
Staff members have since turned over the evidence to police, including other footage they say shows Buffer holding the books.
The store also says that Buffer – a 53-year-old actor who appeared on Curb Your Enthusiasm and ER in the early 2000s but has since been relegated to a career in commercials and contract work at local theme parks – is a repeat offender.
In addition to footage of Buffer’s alleged boost last week, the outlet released footage of the fallen star getting caught in the act by a staff member during a similar incident at a Los comic book store. Angeles the previous week.
The video, which was reportedly captured by Metropolis Comics staffers at Bellflower, shows the owner confronting Buffer after appearing to see him make the same move, pointing out he was on camera.
This incident saw the downtrodden actor – who had a bit of a role in the recently released Brad Pitt film Bullet Train – hand over the comics and leave as the owner threatened to call the police.
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Embattled C-lister Ray Buffer has been accused by two California comic book stores of shoplifting hundreds of dollars worth of comic books. Security footage from both outlets appears to show the little actor, who appeared on Curb and ER in the 2000s, getting in on the act
After failing to hit it big in Hollywood, Buffer has worked a variety of odd acting and acting gigs in recent years, such as musical theater and commercials.
Buffer – who supplements his choppy acting career with gigs as a contract Santa Claus and freelance graphic designer – has since deleted all of his social media accounts and claims he is being harassed by shop owners.
“PSA,” Den Diego Comics staffers wrote in the initial post last Friday, showing Buffer, dressed in a bright green polo shirt and long gray bears, shoplifting.
At this point, staff members had yet to identify the husky culprit as Buffer, who lives in Long Beach.
“This guy robbed us yesterday by stuffing a stack of Golden Age comics under his shirt. Please contact us if you have any info on him. Thank you comic community!’ staff members wrote, asking for potential leads to identify the thief.
Later today, they’ll name Buffer as the abuser — and urge followers on the outlet’s Facebook page to contact the actor, who over the past two decades has appeared largely in local musical theater productions and sung advertisements where he dresses as Santa Claus. .
The post further claimed that it had been the target of repeated strikes by shoplifters since the pandemic and was forced to employ a security guard to cover their losses, after it was revealed that the books stolen by Buffer were worth over $600.
“My friends,” the message began, “we are forced to change the responsibility of the store.” As most of you know, we have dealt with attempted burglary, expensive burglary and constant shoplifting.
‘With all our efforts, shoplifting continues, despite all our security improvements. If this is a continuing example of rampant crime and theft that seems to have started with the pandemic, we want to get off the “casualty train”.
“We are now required to post a guard in the most sensitive part of the store, old back numbers, whenever this area is occupied by customers,” the message continued. “We just can’t afford not to.
“I am posting this announcement to let my clients know what we need to do in these stressful times for business.
We very rarely receive posts on social media complaining about our strong stance on protecting our inventory.
“This post is my polite attempt to present myself in front of these future clients who respond with hostility, seem to dismiss the daily news stories that tell the national stories of stress on the backs of corporations.”
They then added that they had “identified” the man who “shoved comics in his shirt yesterday” as Buffer. “Visit him on his FB page,” the store operators wrote, linking to Buffer’s then-active profile.
In another post, staff wrote: “Our camera captured him stealing comics by hiding them in his shirt. We discovered the crime and watched the surveillance video until we have seen this. We are sending all the information to the police.
The outlet then reposted the actor’s Facebook profile, along with his personal email. The message, posted on Thursday, also saw the store worker say he had previously been in contact with Buffer, who denied stealing the books – and went so far as to accuse the store of harassing him.
“We offered him the choice of returning our property (we know what he took as an earlier part of the video shows him holding the books) or handing it over to the law,” the update read. scathing from the store.
“He emailed us and said we were harassing him. Yes we are.’
The next day, Friday, the store followed up with another update – which claimed Buffer was responsible for another shoplifting incident at a comic book store over 100 miles south of Los Angeles. Angeles exactly one week before the San Diego strike.
The reported breach was also caught on video and shows a man who appears to be Buffer shoving another issue into his pants, under his shirt, as he turns his back on the store owner, who is sitting at her desk in the background.
However, unbeknownst to Buffer, thanks to the well-placed camera, the woman was aware of the thief’s antics and was apparently watching him via a surveillance feed from his office.
After Buffer conceals the book, the woman stands up and confronts him, letting him know that the camera saw it all, despite the actor’s repeated denials.
“I saw that,” the polite but visibly furious woman says in the Los Angeles clip, before demanding the return of the book. “Can I get my book back? Are you stuffing your pants?
The actor denies the woman’s accusations, until she points the camera directly above him. “I have a camera from every angle,” the staffer told Buffer, who continues to insist on his innocence.
The woman then rushes to apparently call the police, at which point Buffer tries to throw the stolen goods under his shirt into a display bin when he thinks the staff member isn’t looking.
However, she notices him and he is filmed again.
“I need you to leave the store now,” the woman says in the clip. It’s unclear if the store, like San Diego Comics, pursued the incident legally.
DailyMail.com contacted Buffer via email on Sunday for more information on the allegations, but did not immediately respond.
In addition to Pitt’s recent film — one of the few Hollywood credits to the actor’s name in the past decade — Buffer has worked a variety of odd acting and acting gigs in recent years, such as acting music and advertisements that often contain an element of singing.
In 2019, he appeared as a singer in a nationwide advertisement for Capital One and Walmart – in which he is featured for about three seconds as a singer.
Since then, he’s done voice acting roles for the American Red Cross and promoting a Santa Cam for Yankee Candle, for which the white-bearded actor also appeared as Santa Claus in a commercial.
Santa seems to have come into the role of Buffer in his twilight years after failing to grow him after a small role in Curb’s fourth season 18 years ago.
“Now that I’m older,” Buffer said in a recent interview, “I’ve made personal appearances as Santa, including parades, sometimes with my own facial hair.”
Police are currently investigating the incident in San Diego.