Editor’s Note: Since we published this report, 9News has learned that Steffan Warren is a sex offender with multiple convictions, including enticement of a child. 

DENVER - A Denver man living with cerebral palsy said someone broke into his home and took his most prized possessions: nearly 4,000 comic books he had been collecting since he was a child.

On Sunday Jan. 3, 34-year-old Steffan Warren said he was at work sorting books at an ARC store when someone burglarized his townhome.

When he walked in his front door, he said he immediately knew something was wrong.

“Everything was a mess. When I came home from work, my TV was hanging off the wall,” Warren said, “and when I walked into my office, my boxes of comics were all gone. It hurts. It hurts.”

For 30 years, comic books have been Warren’s escape from reality. He was born with cerebral palsy and as a result, has delayed muscle functions.

He said when he was in school, kids used to tease him every day. He found peace in the pages of comic books.

“I didn’t have friends so I used to sit in my room and read comics and imagine that I was something else other than disabled. I just love them,” he said.

Warren said while he loves Batman, his favorite character is Deadpool.

“I can relate to Deadpool because he hides himself because of how he is, which is how I feel,” Warren said.

Just last month, Warren saved up enough money to buy his favorite issue: New Mutants #98.

Until Sunday, it was hanging on the wall in his living room. Now, it’s gone – along with his iPod, laptop and BlueRay player.

“I need to hide myself because of my disability—and they took everything. It hurts,” he said.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the burglary.

Warren said because the comic books did not have serial numbers on them, it’s unlikely they will ever be recovered.

ARC Thrift stores have set up a Fund for Steffan Warren at Colorado Bank and Trust.

If you would like to donate comic books or other gifts, you can mail them to:

Steffan Warren

c/o  ARC Thrift Stores

12345 West Alameda Parkway

Lakewood, CO

80228

If you would like to donate a larger collection of comic books, you can make arrangements for a pick-up by calling ARC Thrift Stores at 303-231-9222.

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