Spider-Man or Spider-Menace? Two stores hit by masked robber

"Spider-Man" in both robberies.
"Spider-Man" in both robberies.

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - It's a story straight out of the fictional Daily Bugle from Marvel Comics: a man wearing a Spider-Man mask committing at least two robberies in Lexington and Richland counties.

Comical or not, law enforcement is taking the incidents very seriously.

According to the Lexington County Sheriff's Department, the first incident occurred at Computer MD on the 4400 block of St. Andrews Road around 11:35 a.m. on June 11.

Surveillance footage shows the "webslinger" and an accomplice outside of the store donning their disguises before the robbery.

The footage then shows the pair running into the store and stealing four laptops from the counter. The bewildered clerk, stunned by what just happened, gives chase to the not-so-Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man and his accomplice.

The clerk, Chad Toney, was unable to catch the dynamic duo.

"I had on flip-flops, so I couldn't chase them very far," Toney said.

But that wasn't the only time the two men would be seen. Hours later, the pair would resurface at the Columbia Cleaners on Garners Ferry Road in another robbery attempt. Once again, one man was wearing a Spider-Man mask while the other was wearing a bandanna that covered his face.

According to Columbia Police Department spokesperson Jennifer Timmons, the two men entered the establishment and demanded money.

The pair, according to investigators, did not present a weapon during the incident, but they did manage to leave with an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register.

No one was injured, but a store employee attempting to leave the store during the robbery was pushed to the ground by one of the suspects. The victim was not seriously injured.

The main suspect is described as wearing a gray tank top, blue jeans, white tennis shoes and, of course, a Spider-Man mask. The other suspect is described as wearing a red hoodie pulled down over his forehead, black shorts, and black socks with white tennis shoes. The hoodie had the number 81 in white letters on the back.

Lexington County Sheriff James Metts is pretty certain these two cases are related.

"That would be unusual for somebody to duplicate that in two different crimes in the same day," Metts said. "We believe the two to be the same."

If you have any information about this case, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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