LOS ANGELES -- The former owner of a Burbank chocolate shop has been indicted on charges stemming from the theft of $1 million in celluloid overlays depicting well-known Warner Bros. cartoon characters.
Billy Carmen, 31, of suburban Studio City, was charged with three counts of transporting stolen property in connection with the 1988 theft of hundreds of film overlays, or "cels," portraying Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd and other cartoon stars, federal prosecutors said yesterday.
Carmen is suspected of selling the cels to East Coast art dealers.
"It's considered art," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, the prosecutor in the case. "There are galleries that show these things, and collectors who collect them."