EAGLE ROCK (CBSLA.com) — An Eagle Rock man is searching for the thieves who allegedly made off with his lifelong collection of comic books.

Adam Rose told CBS2’s Greg Mills that 14 boxes of comic books were taken from his garage sometime last week.

As he explained, the suspected thieves allegedly removed his garage door opener from his unlocked vehicle, and made their way into his garage.

In all, 7,000 comic books were taken — a collection that took Rose three decades to build.

Rose said that, for the past thirty years, he would add to his collection each Wednesday when new comics were released.

“Tuesdays always felt like Christmas Eve or something,” he said, adding, “It sounds ridiculous but I’m kind of mourning a loss of my childhood. Like a significant chunk of my childhood was taken from me.”

Since the theft, comic stores from Eagle Rock to San Diego have been on alert.

“It’s a small community of collectors so whenever we hear anything like that happen, we try to keep our eyes out, get as much info as possible,” said Trevor Smith, who works at the “Comics vs. Toys” store in Eagle Rock.

In the meantime, Rose continues to scan websites, like Craigslist and eBay, to see if anyone has been trying to cash in on his collection.

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