It's Your Unfriendly Neighborhood Spider-Man

All right, boys, bring in Peter Parker for questioning.

Security camera footage taped a robber dressed up as Spider-Man stealing rare comic books from a store in Culver City, Calif., Tuesday, according to KCBS-TV News.

The issue that was Spidey's first appearance, Amazing Fantasy No. 15, X-Men No. 1 and Fantastic Four No. 1, all valued at around $2,500 apiece, were among the comics stolen by the webhead.

KCBS-TV's Suzie Suh reported that the webslinger entered the store at about 11:30 a.m. — but a fan dressed up in partial costume didn't seem unusual to employees there.

"He's wearing a Spider-Man mask, he must like super-heroes," Alan Gardner of Dream World Comic Books told KCBS-TV.

The sudden supervillain fled on foot after busting open a glass display case protecting many of the more valuable items with a hammer.

Security tapes show the same person entering the store Sunday, and police are studying the footage, store owners said.

— Click in the video box above or click here to watch a video of your unfriendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

Urine Some Serious Trouble Now

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A burglar on a dirty mission broke into a parole office and left with some key pieces of evidence — urine samples.

At least half a dozen of the samples were filched from a locked refrigerator at a Wisconsin Department of Corrections probation and parole office, authorities said.

Nothing else appeared to have been stolen from the office, said John Dipko, a Corrections Department spokesman. Agents will review which samples are missing and order new ones as needed.

Dipko said urine samples are commonly taken and tested for the presence of alcohol or illegal drugs in order to hold offenders accountable to the rules of their court-imposed supervision.

Police Capt. Mike Babe said the break-in at the Waukesha office happened Monday night or early Tuesday. He said police were called at 7:19 a.m. Tuesday when someone discovered a door was broken and the samples were gone.

The Corrections Department is doing an internal investigation.

— Thanks to Out There reader Margaret B.

Now, Don't You Feel Sheepish?

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A homeless man who police say tried to take a sheep from the Little Rock Zoo has been arrested.

A security guard at the zoo called police Tuesday evening after spotting a man carrying a trash can with a sheep in it, according to a police report.

Grady Allen Carnahan, 32, told officers he was a doctor and the sheep was sick, the report said. He said he was taking the animal to a veterinary clinic.

Carnahan fought with the officers as they tried to take him into custody, police said.

He was arrested on a felony charge of violating an animal facility and on misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass, cruelty to animals, resisting arrest and theft of property.

The sheep was returned to its pen.

— Thanks to Out There reader Deanie F.

This Guy's Got a Nose for Trouble

TOKYO (AP) — Police say a suspected burglar couldn't keep his nose out of trouble — literally.

Seiichi Shirota, 46, was arrested for alleged burglary in December. He told police he sought out his victims by sniffing women's homes for expensive women's perfume, police said.

He was trying to determine if the occupant was a single woman likely to own a collection of expensive designer bags, watches and jewelry, according to Kanagawa prefectural police spokesman Tsuneo Kosuge.

Police said he also made sure laundry hanging from clotheslines on a balcony did not include men's underwear.

Police have linked the suspect to about 200 cases of robbery worth an estimated $506,000.

Did You Order That Bride to Go?

SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) — A man accused of carjacking a newlywed couple with the bride in her wedding dress still in the vehicle was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading no contest to charges Tuesday.

Alan Ticas-Soto, 22, initially pleaded not guilty on Nov. 29 to one count of carjacking and one count of being under the influence of a controlled substance, but changed it to a plea of no contest, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Authorities said Steve Almanza and Valerie Zahn stopped by a Taco Bell for a snack after their wedding Oct. 29, and Almanza ran inside while Zahn stayed in the car with the engine still running.

Ticas-Soto, who was unarmed, got into the driver's seat and drove off with Zahn still inside, authorities said. She jumped out, and Ticas-Soto continued driving into a Taco Bell sign in the parking lot.

Zahn was uninjured in the incident.

Cupcake the Cat Comes Home

ATLANTA (AP) — When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Tristan Carter thought she had lost everything — her home, a grandfather, two dogs, a cat and a rabbit.

But Cupcake the cat was alive and well after six months of living as a stray in her hurricane-ravaged neighborhood. On Wednesday, animal rescue volunteers reunited the lithe, 7-pound black cat with Carter, who now lives in Atlanta.

"I lost a grandfather in the hurricane. To find a little kitty survived six months, that's great," said Carter, holding Cupcake close and thanking the rescuers who found her.

Animal rescue groups have rescued more than 1,200 former pets living as strays in New Orleans and have been working to reunite them with their owners, according to Best Friends Animal Society, the group that arranged the reunion.

Cupcake wore a collar with rabies tags and rescuers hoped to quickly link her with her owner. But volunteer Shelley Thayer could not find a person who matched the tag's name and address. A phone number on the tag was disconnected.

But after using professional Internet-based searching services, Thayer matched Carter with the tag's address. The people-finding service provided Thayer with Carter's phone number.

Carter says her family had given up any hope of finding their pets. In November, they returned to their former home and searched without success.

"God works in mysterious ways. She is a gift, she is here to let us know there is hope," Carter said. "She's our good luck charm."

— Click in the photo box above to see a pic of Cupcake the cat.

My Neighbor's a Real Snake!

REXBURG, Idaho (AP) — Bessy the Burmese python is recovering in an animal shelter after spending two weeks dodging searchers and an infrared camera in a 57,000-square-foot apartment complex in this southeastern Idaho town.

The 8-foot-snake's hiding spot was found Tuesday by another "snake" — a 100-foot-long device with a camera on the end normally used to locate plumbing problems in hard-to-reach places.

"It's the most interesting plumbing job I've had so far," said Kip Salas of Advanced Plumbing, who discovered Bessy in the bathroom ceiling after a three-hour search of the apartment below the unit from which she escaped.

"I'm just glad she's alive and not hurt too badly," Chelsea Stanford, the python's owner, told the Post Register.

After finding the snake, Stanford and animal control officers tried to lure her out with a white rat snack without success. So they lassoed Bessy with a steel collar and dragged her from the hole in the ceiling. Bessy received some scratches during her ordeal — and an eviction notice.

"We're going to let it eat, then it's leaving the building forever," said Kevin Kennedy, the apartment owner, who wanted the snake out of the complex dead or alive.

Burmese pythons are native to Southeast Asia and some islands in the East Indies. They can grow to 20 feet, weigh up to 200 pounds, and live about 25 years. Not venomous, pythons wrap their bodies around small animals to suffocate them before eating them whole.

Bessy went missing two weeks ago after apparently escaping through a hole in a bathroom wall. Stanford put up notices around the complex about the missing python, which caused some residents to refuse to spend the night in their apartments.

"We weren't too nervous but we'll definitely sleep better," said resident Ben Brown after Bessy's capture. "As long as there aren't any rattling noises in the walls."

— Click in the video box above or click here to watch a video on python problems.

Compiled by's Andrew Hard.

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