Short Spider-Man robs Maine store

In Auburn, Maine, police are looking for a 5-foot, 3-inch tall thief wearing a Spider-Man mask, who robbed the Big Apple convenience store early Monday. In California, a gas station thief returned the money he stole. 

(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
A pro-democracy protester dressed as Spider-man, stands on a barricade in Hong Kong, Oct. 24, 2014. A similarly dressed thief robbed a convenience store in Auburn, Maine.

Police in Auburn are looking for an armed man they say wore a Spider-Man mask while robbing a city convenience store.

Chief Jason Moen says the man showed a knife to a clerk in a Big Apple store at about 2 a.m. Monday and demanded money.

The Sun Journal reports that the suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and ran through Bonney Park.

A store customer chased the suspect but was punched by the man in the park. The customer was treated at the scene.

The suspect was described as a thin, white male wearing a blue, hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and the mask. He is about 5-feet, 3-inches tall and was last seen crossing the foot bridge into Lewiston.

Spider-Man is not among the most popular Halloween costumes in 2014, based on Google searches. In Maine, it's pirates, reports Huffington Post. 

In other larceny news, would-be thief in Eureka, Calif.,  robbed a gas station only to return hours later to give the money back and apologize.

Eureka Police Sgt. Steve Watson said Sunday that 23-year-old Cyle Warren Abbott Jr. told officers he needed cash to leave town for a fresh start, but then realized his mistake.

Watson says Abbott first entered the gas station demanding cash with what the clerk believed was a semi-automatic handgun.

He says the clerk gave Abbott some cash, and Abbott left, also taking two bottles of beer.

Watson says three hours later Abbott returned, giving back most of the cash and saying he was sorry. He says the weapon turned out to be a BB gun, which officers haven't found.

Abbott was booked into jail on $50,000 bail.


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