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Off-duty cop dressed as Batman thwarts suspected shoplifter

Officer Damon Cole was doing community outreach at a Wal-Mart when employees saw a man they said was shoplifting four movies, including The LEGO Batman movie


By Claire Z. Cardona
The Dallas Morning News

FORT WORTH, Texas A few thousand miles from Gotham City, the Caped Crusader leapt into action Saturday.

Fort Worth police 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 — ahem, Cole — went into the store to apprehend the man. 

"Batman says, 'I want you to know I have this Batman costume on but I'm an off-duty police officer," Anthony Drake, a community involvement member at Wal-Mart, told KDFW-TV (Channel 4).

The man was given a citation because the DVDs were valued at less than $100. He wasn't identified, but he did want a selfie after the incident, Cole said on Twitter. 

Cole dresses up as the Dark Knight as well as other superheroes and travels around the country visiting children with illnesses.

So what did the Dark Knight stop the man from taking? One of the DVDs was The LEGO Batman Movie.

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

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