Surveillance video from a liquor store in Anniston, Ala. shows an unidentified person dressed in a ghost costume who allegedly broke into the store and walked around the aisles, reports CBS affiliate WIAT.
According to the station, the person in the costume didn't steal anything from the store but police believe the "ghost" is also responsible for another crime, reports the station.
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A homeless man with a history of playing an evil version of the "Sesame Street" character Elmo from coast to coast was sentenced to a year in jail on October 9, 2013 for trying to extort $2 million from the Girl Scouts. Dan Sandler was arraigned on attempted grand larceny and other charges and pleaded not guilty. A judge ordered him held on $200,000 bail.
Sandler, 49, was accused in 2012 of going on an anti-Semitic tirade while in a furry red Elmo costume in Times Square, where hustlers often dress up as pop culture characters and try to make a few bucks posing for photos with tourists. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was sentenced to two days of community service.
He left New York and took his Elmo act to San Francisco, where he lived in a car, authorities said. He was arrested there on a warrant in the New York extortion case on May 9, 2013.
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A man dressed as the Sesame Street character "Cookie Monster," right, was arrested on charges of endangering the welfare of a child in April 2013 after he allegedly shoved a 2-year-old in New York's Times Square.
Osvaldo Quiroz-Lopez, 33, of Queens, N.Y., allegedly demanded $2 from a Connecticut family who posed for a photo with him dressed as the furry blue character. The family refused to pay and the child's parents told police Quiroz-Lopez began yelling obscenities and shoved the toddler.
The cookie monster impersonator reportedly denied the accusations.
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Aaron Chase, a 24-year-old man dressed as the Joker from the Batman movies, was arrested Feb. 3, 2013 after allegedly harassing people inside an Applebee's restaurant in Chautauqua County, New York, CBS affiliate WIVB reports. Chase, who was taken to an area hospital for a psychiatric evaluation after his arrest, was later charged with harassment and trespassing for refusing to leave the restaurant.
Ben Fodor, otherwise known as Seattle's self-styled masked crusader, "Phoenix Jones," who says he often wears a superhero suit in order to stop crime, was arrested in October 2011 after allegedly pepper-spraying a group of people he said were fighting.
Seattle police said they responded to reports of an assault and arrested a man they said was Fodor. Police say that the group was not fighting, as Jones claimed, but dancing, reports CBS affiliate KIRO.
Jones told KIRO that police took his suit, boots and mask. He added that he hasn't had problems with the Seattle police department, but that a few officers have a "grudge" against him. Jones said he's got a backup suit.
Police say Joshua Lee Bolling, a costumed Easter Bunny, was arrested on drug charges in April 2012 at a Virginia mall after there were complaints that he was "acting suspicious."
Danville police arrested Bolling, 24, at the Piedmont Mall on charges of illegally possessing prescription narcotics, reports CBS affiliate WFMY. Bolling was not a mall employee but he was working for a company hired to provide Easter entertainment.
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This Monday, June 7, 2010 file photo provided by the FBI shows a suspect identified as the "Geezer Bandit" robbing a USA Bank branch in Poway, Calif. Authorities say the robber was branded "The Geezer Bandit" because he appeared to be old, but now they think he might be a young man wearing a mask. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said the man was seen sprinting across a parking lot after a holdup.
This screenshot is from surveillance video taken Sept. 5, 2011, and released by the San Diego Police Department showing a suspect dressed like Gumby telling a convenience store clerk he is being robbed, fumbling inside the costume as if to pull a gun, dropping $0.27 and leaving. Police say the attempted robbery took place Monday Sept. 5, 2011, at a 7-Eleven in Rancho Penasquitos, Calif. Jacob Kiss, 19, and Jason Giramma, 20, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor burglary in November 2011 and both were sentenced to three years of probation.
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Mark Williams was arrested in May 2011 after being spotted atop a building while wearing a Batman costume. He was sentenced to six months of probation in September 2011. In addition, a judge told the 32-year-old Williams he's not allowed to wear costumes - including the Batman one he was wearing when Petoskey, Mich. police picked him up.
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A man wearing a Darth Vader mask robbed a bank in Long Island, N.Y. on July 22, 2010. The Star Wars villain displayed a gun and then verbally demanded cash from the teller, reports CBS affiliate WGCL. Surveillance cameras noticed that the man was wearing a blue cape and camouflage pants in addition to the distinctive helmet. The Dark Lord got away with an undisclosed amount of money.
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Kevin Michael Wash, a 52-year-old man in a "Frosty the Snowman" costume was arrested in Nov. 2011 after an apparent meltdown at an annual Christmas parade in Chestertown, Md. in which he allegedly scuffled with police and kicked a dog. He was charged with assault and disorderly conduct.
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Police in Oxford, Ohio arrested James P. Miller, a 20-year-old man in a Breathalyzer costume, on Halloween night in 2009 after he allegedly drove the wrong-way down a one-way street, without headlights on. Police say they found an open container and a partial case of beer in the front seat of his car and beer in the trunk.
Miller reportedly had a blood-alcohol level close to double the state's legal limit for driving. He was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, underage possession of alcohol, having an open container and possession of a fake ID.
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