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Florida police arrest 'caped criminal' Batman in string of armed robberies

By Ben Hooper
Florida police arrest 'caped criminal' Batman in string of armed robberies
Authorities in Florida arrested a suspect in a string of armed robberies perpetrated by a man who sometimes dressed as Batman. Screenshot: OrangeCoSheriffFL/YouTube

ORLANDO, Fla., March 1 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said they have apprehended an armed robbery suspect accused in multiple incidents, including some where he allegedly dressed as Batman.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said Monday they arrested Juan Carlos Nieves Morales shortly after the latest incident Friday night at I Love New York Pizza.

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Investigators said Nieves Morales is suspected in eight previous commercial armed robberies between Jan. 22 and Feb. 21.

"This cape criminal's string of violent armed robberies has come to an end," the sheriff's office said in a Facebook post.

Police earlier released surveillance footage of a Feb. 2 robbery at a Family Dollar store in Orlando. The footage shows an armed suspect disguised as Batman.

The sheriff's office said Nieves Morales is believed to have been committing the robberies to fund a drug addiction.

The suspect was booked on an armed robbery count and further charges are expected as the investigation continues.

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