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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say the Spider-Man robber has struck again. The mysterious criminal held up a Kangaroo convenience store Sunday morning making it the fourth robbery of its kind in less than a month.

This string of convenience store holdups by a man in a Venom Spider-Man mask has resulted in the loss of cash and cigarettes.

“He came, demanded me to open the register and get the cash and he was holding his gun like this,” said Mark Headstrong, a clerk at Wrightsvile Country Store. “I responded to his request, because he was holding a gun.”

Headstrong was the man behind the register when the Spider-Man robber hit the store just over a week ago. He says it was hard to pick up on any of the man’s characteristics.

“I tried to catch anything, like anything, but it was so hard,” Headstrong said. “He was disguised perfectly.”

When the robber hits stores he asks for Newport Cigarettes.

“We’re looking for any information of people that are selling cigarettes on the street,” Wilmington Police Lt. Tom Witkowski said. “This person has gotten a fair amount of cigarettes each time he’s committed one of these robberies, and we have information that he may be turning around and selling them on the street.”

The burglar has gone from robbing a convenience store on South College Road to Wrightsville Avenue to Market Street and most recently Oleander Drive. If he continues, many want to know where he will go next. Some convenience store owners are already preparing.

“We’ve got a good (camera) system here,” gas station manager Ali Rammuni said. “If we could hold him until the cops come here that’s fine.”

“I now have heavier tools, I would say,” Headstrong said. “If they would do that they are going to be shot or we get shot. I don’t know how to express this. Somebody is going to be hurt.”

Police say the suspect is most likely a 6’3″ to 6’4″ black male. If you have any information on these robberies please contact Wilmington Police at (910) 343-3600.

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  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    Kill him!

    He’s an armed robber and you are obviously going to be in fear of death or grievous bodily injury since he’s armed. Double up on employees – one at the register. one in the back room with a shotgun.

    It won’t be long.

  • Guest3369

    I hold a concealed carry permit. If I happen to be in a store when its robbed and the robber is armed…Ive got 17 hollow points for him.

  • Guestfedup

    I said it yesterday and I’ll say it again… NEWPORT CIGARETTES? Shouldn’t be hard to figure out what he looks like under that disguise… Sheesh!

  • Tracie C

    Sigh…racist much? I pity people with your outlook, stuck in a world under a rock. Do us all a favor….don’t talk until we point to you!

  • Guest Reply

    I happen to know some friends from the North Pole…”Eskimos”…and they smoke Newports…when they are on sale…other then that…they cut shavings of their canoe paddles and inhale the smoke from them.
    Now the news is out about Newports…this guy will switch brands and really screw up the police investigation…or maybe wear a Bat Man outfit. Whom played Spider Man in the movie? Have police asked him any questions? He may be here in town filming a low budget movie we get so much of.
    What was his name again???

  • Guest102359

    Hmmmmmm…NEWPORTS…eh? Well, this is a brotha. Statistics show that Newport’s primary buyers are 83% African American. Though the police shouldn’t racially profile, they should quietly assume…

    WPD is good for that anyway, I was downtown and saw 3 african americans get stopped by a cop on a horse and he demanded identification. The guys weren’t doing anything at all but talking and walking.

    Either this is an african american, or it’s a caucasian trying to set-up one to steer the cops in another direction.

  • Grand Ole Party

    What you are saying is…….It’s either a white guy or a black guy? Hmmm you my friend are a genius. You should join the police force.

  • Wade Griffis

    If you watch the tapes from two of the stores shown on another station, it will seem obvious that this person is caucasion and probably well educated.

    He is having fun with this. He loves the attention.

    My suggestion: 12 guage trumps Spiderman always. he could get a lot of attention in the hospital.

    The cops do their best, but they can not be everywhere. 12 guage can always be under the counter. Birdshot to the legs would end his fun.


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