Police: Batman bandit wanted for church burglaries


JASPER, Ala. (AP) — Police in Alabama are looking for a man who disguised himself as Batman while stealing musical instruments from churches.

A burglary happened on Dec. 11 at King’s Way Church in Irondale, AL.Com reported. The caped crook stole a keyboard and a guitar, according to Irondale Det. Sgt. Michael Mangina. The suspect came back to the same church on Jan. 6 and stole two more guitars.

Both times the impostor used a rock to enter the church, Mangina said.

A burglar wearing a “Batman” mask has hit churches in Irondale, Jasper, Walker and Shelby counties as well as two other states over the past month, stealing mostly musical instruments. (Jasper Police)

On Jan. 9, two churches in Jasper and one in unincorporated Walker County were also burglarized, Jasper police wrote on Facebook. Musical instruments and electronics were also stolen.

Anyone with information can call Irondale police, Jasper police or Walker County Sheriff.

“We have to take this bad guy off the streets,’’ Mangina said. “Stealing from a church is not the way to get to Heaven.”

Mangina also said that churches in Shelby County, as well as Georgia and Tennessee, may have been burglarized by the same suspect.

Irondale is a suburb of Birmingham. Jasper is approximately 40 miles (64.3 kilometers) northwest of Birmingham.

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