After a comic book store refused Ray Buffer’s offer to pay for the comics he is accused of stealing, the actor, known for his little appearances on television series, will stand trial for petty theft. Buffer was accused of stealing comics from Southern California Comics in San Diego last October. In January, Buffer entered a not guilty plea to the misdemeanor charge, but on Wednesday, he attempted to enter a diversion program. A court in San Diego, California, however, ruled against him.
According to a representative from the San Diego City Attorney’s Office, the criminal prosecution against Buffer will now proceed. Jamie Newbold, owner of Southern California Comics, said that the judge did not grant diversion because Newbold declined Buffer’s offer of reimbursement for the stolen goods. According to Newbold, the value of the stolen comics was close to $850. In early October, he accused Buffer of stealing the comics and shared security footage on social media that purported to show a guy with the comics concealed under his shirt.
The spokesperson stated that diversion results in a dismissal of the case without conviction after the defendant completes other court-ordered terms addressing their behavior. Newbold, who insisted on denying the diversion, told The Post that Buffer will be “criminally tainted” if he is found guilty of the theft. Buffer has made minor appearances in various television shows, including “Gilmore Girls” and “ER.”