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Stolen stuffed Spider-Man saved; man facing charges

A stuffed Spider-Man figure sits on the counter at Ron’s Coins and Collectibles Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. (Donald W. Meyers / Yakima Herald-Republic)
A stuffed Spider-Man figure sits on the counter at Ron’s Coins and Collectibles Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. (Donald W. Meyers / Yakima Herald-Republic)
By Donald W. Meyers Yakima Herald-Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. – Spider-Man normally defends New York City from criminals.

But late Monday night, it was Yakima’s finest that came to the web-slinging superhero’s rescue.

Shortly before midnight, a window was smashed out at 16 N. Third St. and a 6-foot stuffed Spider-Man figure sitting in a chair of the vacant storefront was taken.

Property owner Joe Mann said the figure weighs about 60 pounds and is worth $200.

A witness reported seeing a man in reflective striped pants, such as those worn by highway crews, carrying a Spider-Man down the street a few blocks to the south of the storefront. At the Brews and Cues bar, police said they arrested a 65-year-old Yakima man with the Spider-Man figure, which was returned to Mann.

In a Tuesday court appearance, the suspect was ordered held in lieu of $10,000 bail on suspicion of burglary, theft and malicious mischief. He is also a suspect in a July burglary of a Yakima office.

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