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Star Wars memorabilia stolen from Vancouver home found in collectible shop

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A Vancouver man's collection of star wars memorabilia, that was decades in the making, was stolen from his own home.  Only to wind up on the shelves of a collectible shop down the street.  

The owner of Showroom Collectibles, Chris Erickson, is adamant that he had no idea any of that Star Wars memorabilia was stolen.

Erickson says in the collectible business, it's extremely hard know if a seller is telling you the truth about where their possessions comes from. 

“You know you listen to the person, you hear story, then you gamble and take a risk,” said Erickson.  

Erickson says he decided to take that risk on a customer who walked into his store several days ago wanting to sell an impressive collection of Star Wars memorabilia dating back to the 1970's.

A collection he says was worth thousands of dollars.

“I said, ‘these are really really good items, where did you get them from again?’ and he said that he got them from his uncle and they’ve been in a closet, and that he wanted to get rid of them and let them go to a good home,” said Erickson.

Thinking that he had just scored big for his store, Erickson began selling those highly sought out Star Wars items.  He tells FOX 12 he was mortified when he got a call from Rich Bates, claiming to be the original owner of the collection.

“It’s terrible, I haven't been able to sleep right, I’ve been talking to wife about it, I’m just in a fog, this sucks,” said Erickson.

When FOX 12 talked to Bates over the weekend, he showed off where his Star Wars collection was once stored.  Bates says that memorabilia was stolen from his home while he was away on a business trip.

Erickson says he's now pulled all of that merchandise off of his store shelves and saving what's left of it for bates.  Unfortunately, he thinks about three to four thousand dollars’ worth of the Star Wars collection was already sold. 

“Yes I’m here to make money, but I’m a human being too, I have compassion,” said Erickson. “I sold a lot of it, but I am trying to get it back for him, it's a very unfortunate situation for everybody.”

Erickson says he is cooperating with police, and has turned over all of the information he has on the man who sold him the Star Wars collection.  

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