A Man Dressed as Spider-Man Is on a Robbery Spree in NYC

A man dressed as Spider-Man is on a crime spree in New York City, after robbing a bank and attempting to hold up a pharmacy.

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A man dressed up as Spider-Man robbed a bank over the weekend, and he's in the midst of a crime spree while decked out in the superhero's garb, according to police.

The spider-clad robber held up an HSBC Bank in the Bronx on Friday afternoon, dressed in a red-and-blue hoodie with Spider-Man's face on the sides. After passing a note to the bank teller on duty, the man left the Bronx bank with an undisclosed amount of money, according to the New York Daily News.

Spider-Thief's hold-up at the bank followed a botched attempt to rob a pharmacy in Harlem earlier in the week. Armed with nothing but his Spider-Man hoodie and a box-cutter, the man demanded the East Harlem Pharmacy's supply of a variety of painkillers. 

Nasir Gore, the owner of East Harlem Pharmacy, claims the suspect was told the pharmacy would be unable to meet his demands.

"He was insisting to get some different kinds of narcotics, oxycodone, Percocet, codeine, anything with codeine," Gore said. "The whole thing is, we're out of those kinds of medications for a few days."

The Spider-Man imposter's crime spree is accompanied by one of the more absurd police department releases in recent memory. NYPD shared several photos of the subject—including a picture of the hoodie in question—as part of their request for information from the public:

#NYPD looking for "Spider-Man" who tried to steal prescription drugs from #EastHarlem pharmacy. #crime #abc7ny pic.twitter.com/pHv8Ggdsdu

Though most likely unintentional, there are a number of coincidences connecting the Spider-Man robber's actions to scenes from recent Spider-Man movies. Tom Holland beat up a bunch of bad guys in fake Avengers masks in the trailer for the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, and a scene from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 actually depicts Andrew Garfield thwarting a convenience store robbery while he's out for medicine himself:

Thankfully, no one has been harmed by the real-life Spider-Menace so far, but be on the lookout for the man and the infamous hoodie if you're around New York. And if you happen to own the same hoodie, maybe retire that piece of clothing for the time being. 

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