- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A man accused of shoplifting DVDs at a Texas Walmart over the weekend found himself staring down “Batman.”

Fort Worth Police Officer Damon Cole was dressed as the Dark Knight for a kids safety fair over the weekend when he was called to duty. After convincing Walmart employees that he was an off-duty officer, he then moved in to arrest a suspect found with four stolen DVDs.

“One of the movies he was attempting to steal was ‘Lego Batman.’ You cannot steal my movie! Come on,” the officer joked, a local Fox News affiliate reported Monday.

Anthony Drake, a Walmart community involvement member, told the station that Officer Cole handled Saturday’s serious (yet humorous) ordeal in stride.

“Batman says, ‘I want you to know I have this Batman costume on, but I’m an off-duty police officer,’ ” Mr. Drake said.

The suspect, who declined to be interviewed, was ultimately given a citation because the stolen property was valued under $100. The man did, however, request a selfie with the officer.

“In my 17 years as a police officer this was the first time I have ever made an arrest as Batman. I swear I can’t make this stuff up,” Officer Cole tweeted Monday.

The officer is also known for traveling to hospitals across the country as Superman, Spider-Man, and other heroes to comfort sick children.

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