"Batman" turns in burglary suspect to police
In this image from surveillance video a man wearing a Batman costume is seen bringing a wanted criminal to the police station in Bradford, England on Feb. 25, 2012. He then vanished. Bradford police immediately arrested the 27-year-old who was wanted for dealing in stolen items and fraud. / West Yorkshire Police/dpa/AP Images
LONDON A man dressed as Batman brought a suspected burglar into a police station in northern England.
West Yorkshire Police said Monday that they do not know the identity of the man who appeared in "a full Batman outfit" and turned in a 27-year-old suspect to police in Bradford.
Surveillance camera images released by police show a caped crusader fully clad with the comic hero's boots, gloves and logo across his chest standing alongside a man in a red hooded sweatshirt.
The Bradford Police wrote on their Facebook page that "Batman came into the help desk, stated to the staff, 'I've caught this one for you,' and then promptly vanished into the night to fight crime and the fear of crime in Bradford."
Police said the handover occurred on February 25 and the suspect will appear in court on March 8, charged with handling stolen goods and fraud-related offenses.
The suspect, the police further noted, was also wanted for an offense in another community.
Kathryn Sutcliffe, co-manager of The Joke Shop, a costume store in Bradford, told BBC News that she had sold a Batman outfit to a man in his 20s a couple of days before the reported incident.
"Usually they want the 'Dark Knight' costume, but he wanted this one," Sutcliffe said, adding he wanted "the muscly chest as well."
Though she has the buyer's credit card receipt, she said she would keep his identity a secret.
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