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Ruh-roh: Stolen ‘Scooby-Doo’ Mystery Machine crashes into house

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On Scooby-Doo, those meddling kids are usually responsible for foiling a criminal’s plan, but in St. Paul, Minnesota, you can blame an unassuming house.

The Pioneer Press reports someone — possibly Penrod Stillwall or Asa Shanks, but we can’t confirm — stole a van painted to look like the Mystery Machine late Thursday or Friday, and promptly crashed it into a home a few miles away.

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Comic store burglar leaves selfie at the scene

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The burglar who broke into All the Rage Comics and Games in Festus, Missouri, early Tuesday made off with two KISS action figures, some Pokemon trading cards, a laptop and the cash register, but he left behind something important: his cellphone.

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$250,000 worth of comics stolen from Georgia store

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Comics Plus manager Kenneth Messer

A burglar used a crowbar to break into a Macon, Georgia, comics store early Thursday and stole a reported $250,000 worth of vintage comic books.

Owner Will Peavy told WMAZ TV that the thief made off with the store’s cash register and safe, containing $2,500 in cash, but the real money was in the comics, which included the first eight issues of DC Comics’ 1963 Justice League of America series, and the first 20 issues of Marvel’s The X-Men.

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‘Scooby-Doo’s’ Mystery Machine leads police in high-speed chase

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A California woman led police on a chase Sunday afternoon while driving a minivan painted to look like the Mystery Machine from Scooby-Doo. She would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for those meddling — no, wait, she’s still at large.

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‘Deadpool’ imposter knocks off Ohio bank for $2 grand

A man wearing a Deadpool mask robbed an Ohio bank Friday. via South Point/WOWK TV 13

A man wearing a Deadpool mask robbed an Ohio bank Friday. via South Point/WOWK TV 13

Deadpool may be out here winning the hearts and minds of Americans countrywide with his smash box office hit, but it only takes one jerk to ruin a guy’s good name. Okay, fine, maybe it’s up to three jerks now. Regardless, it is totally unfair and not nearly funny enough.

A white man between 5’9″ and 5’11” and weighing roughly 200 lbs, that wore the mask of Marvel’s merc with a mouth, champion of the little guy, R-rated star, upstanding community member and all-around good hang Wade “Deadpool” Wilson stuck up the U.S. Bank in South Point, Ohio the afternoon of Friday, February 27, illicitly making off with $2,000 while ruining a marathon-like run of nearly flawless commercial branding.

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$75,000 in ‘Magic: The Gathering’ cards stolen from gaming store

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Thieves broke into an Austin, Texas, gaming store early Sunday and walked out with an estimated $75,000 worth of Magic: The Gathering cards.

Security footage shows two men using a water meter key tor tear open the door of Pat’s Games at about 1 a.m. Sunday, and then leaving  less than a minute later with three display cases containing about 300 of the store’s most valuable Magic cards. “They knew exactly what they were looking for,” Jim Hughes, the store’s business operations manager, told the Austin American-Statesman.

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‘Iron Man’ robber defeated by a fan-wielding store owner

From the store's security camera

From the store’s security camera

These are tough times for Tony Stark, the billionaire playboy/inventor/superhero: Despite all of that wealth, fame and technology, he’s fallen so far that he’s turned to robbing a convenience story. Or at least he tried to rob one.

Police in Aberdeen, Scotland, say a man wearing a blue hoodie and Iron Man mask and wielding a knife entered a convenience store Tuesday night and demanded the owner empty the cash register. However, this Golden Avenger wasn’t prepared to be confronted by his greatest enemy — not Iron Monger or The Mandarin, but a fan.

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Police search for TWO Deadpools in botched ATM heist

Deadpool hits the ATM in "Thunderbolts" #131

Deadpool hits the ATM in “Thunderbolts” #131

Although the marketing for the upcoming Deadpool effort has gotten imaginative, this burglary in Florida probably isn’t part of Fox’s campaign.

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office is on the hunt for two men dressed as the Marvel antihero who broke into a gas station in Cocoa, Florida, early Jan. 7 and removed an ATM. However, as the images below show, these were Mercs with Mouths, not with a brains.

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Spider-Man goes on hat-wearing, bank-robbing crime spree

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Despite being one of the most recognizable superheroes in the world, Spider-Man has proved popular with real-world criminals, who don his mask with surprising frequency while committing illegal acts, ranging from convenience-store robberies to gun-store burglaries. And let’s not even get started on all of those fights on Time Square and Hollywood Boulevard.

We can now add two more incidents to the list, this time in Georgia.

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Thieves steal $20,000 worth of LEGO from Ontario toy store

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Police are on the hunt for three men who forced their way into a toy store in Hamilton, Ontario, last month and hit the bricks with more than $20,000 worth of LEGO.

It’s thought the robbery may have been motivated by the skyrocketing demand for LEGO, which has triggered a holiday shortage in Europe and effectively created a black market for the toys.

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Man accused of stealing $30,000 ‘Star Wars’ collection

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In a blow to the Dark Side, a Washington man stands accused of stealing a $30,000 collection of vintage Star Wars toys and selling it to pay off a $2,250 debt.

The Columbian reports 24-year-old Benjamin J. Milam appeared Monday in a courtroom in Vancouver, Washington, to face charges of trafficking in stolen property, residential burglary and first-degree theft.

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Man allegedly kills ‘zombie’ friend, blames ‘The Walking Dead’

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A New Mexico man who had been binge-watching The Walking Dead allegedly told police he beat his friend to death because he was changing into a zombie.

The Associated Press reports 23-year-old Damon Perry of Grants, New Mexico, is being held on a murder charge in the death of Christopher Paquin, also 23.

Police were called Thursday afternoon to an apartment complex, where Perry was allegedly wielding a knife. When they arrived, they discovered the brutally beaten body of Paquin in an apartment, and Perry being detained by maintenance workers.

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My bad neighbor Totoro? Man says anime inspired him to steal

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Hayao Miyazaki’s 1988 classic My Neighbor Totoro is loved around the world for its animation style, its embrace of the wonders of childhood and the beauty of nature, and of course its cuddly characters. However, the anime may have a secret dark side that influences criminal behavior.

According to Rocket News24, a man was arrested Sunday in Taichung, Taiwan, after he allegedly walked into a convenience store, and then ran out with a shoplifted umbrella. He fled down the street and straight into a waiting Catbus police officer.

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Woman allegedly spoke to Batman doll, used it to assault cop

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In a scenario that even The Joker might find a bit weird, a Missouri woman allegedly attacked a police officer with a 3-foot Batman doll, to which she spoke. For the purposes of this story, let’s call her … The Ventriloquist.

As you might have guessed, meth and alcohol are believed to have been involved.

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Man accused of posing as federal agent to score con pass

The crowd at Salt Lake Comic Con 2015

The crowd at Salt Lake Comic Con 2015

Countless fans have pledged to beg, borrow or steal to get their hands on VIP passes. But how many would go far as to impersonate a federal law enforcement officer?

A federal grand jury handed down an indictment Wednesday against a Utah man accused of posing as an agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations in order to gain VIP access to last month’s Salt Lake Comic Con.

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