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Suspected Fort Worth Shoplifter Gets Citation from Batman

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A Fort Worth Police Officer dressed as Batman came to the rescue in Fort Worth, Texas on June 18. Costumed as the Dark Knight, Fort Worth Officer Damon Cole made an appearance at a neighborhood Walmart when a call came out that a man allegedly shoplifted four DVDs. According to police, one of the movies the shoplifter attempted to take was “Lego Batman.”

Suspected Fort Worth Shoplifter Gets Citation from Batman

Photo: Facebook/Heroes & Cops Against Childhood Cancer

Traveling the U.S. dressed as this heroic character in an effort to entertain children with terminal illnesses, Officer Cole had just that day attended a neighborhood safety fair for kids when news about the alleged theft came out. Rather than ignore the call, he arrived in costume to arrest the man. The only complication to the matter was convincing Walmart managers that he actually was a cop.

Suspected Fort Worth Shoplifter Gets Citation from Batman

Photo: Facebook/Alamo Drafthouse Dallas / Fort Worth

In a recent interview, Walmart community involvement member Anthony Drake told Fox 4 News, “Batman says ‘I want you to know I have this Batman costume on but I’m an off-duty police officer.” Since the value of the stolen merchandise was under $100, the suspect received a citation, but wouldn’t leave the store until he got a selfie with the Dark Knight. Officer Cole noted that the shoplifter said, “I want to get a selfie with you ‘cause it’s not every day you get arrested by Batman.”

Suspected Fort Worth Shoplifter Gets Citation from Batman
Photo: Facebook/Walmart Fort Worth – Mccart Ave

Officer Cole, who has been a policeman since 1999, travels the country on his own dime to help children cope with their health issues. On his website, he notes, “I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say: ‘Because of you, I didn’t give up.’”

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