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Off-Duty Cop Dressed As Batman Thwarts Suspected Shoplifter

Date: 2017-06-23
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While shoplifting DVDs from Walmart in Saturday, a Fort Worth man probably did not expect to be brought to justice by The Dark Knight. But that is exactly what happened.

Fort Worth PD Officer Damon Cole was dressed as Batman, doing community outreach at a Wal-Mart, when employees saw a man they said was shoplifting four movies. So they threw up the Bat Signal.

Batman, er, Officer Cole, confronted the man, informing him: “'I want you to know I have this Batman costume on but I'm an off-duty police officer," according to a statement to KDFW-TV News made by Anthony Drake, a community involvement member at Wal-Mart.

"I dress up as many different super heroes and I travel the country in my off time seeing children with cancer and other illnesses," Cole said. "I do that to give them inspiration and hope to keep fighting."

The suspect was cited for petty theft of four DVDs and released with a court date pending.  One of the DVD was.... The LEGO Batman Movie.

"You cannot steal my movie," Cole told KDFW. "Come on!"  

Officer Cole later posted images taken of the arrest on his twitter account (see image, above right).

As for the suspect, he declined to talk to local reporters, but he did take a selfie with Batman afterwards.

- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (via Dallas Morning News, KDFW Fox4news, and policeone.com, 6/22/17)

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