BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: Entertainment  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
Friday, 13 September, 2002, 15:29 GMT 16:29 UK
Missing superhero suits recovered
Spiderman
Four Spiderman costumes were stolen from the set
Police in Los Angeles have charged two men with stealing costumes from the set of Spider-Man, following an 18-month investigation into their disappearance.

Jeffrey Glenn Gustafson and Robert Hughes were detained after three of the Spider-Man suits were recovered at locations in New York and Los Angeles.

The fourth Spider-Man costume was traced to Japan, according to a spokeswoman for the film's producers Sony.

Mr Gustafson and Mr Hughes have also been linked to the disappearance of a Batman suit and mannequin from Warner Bros' studios in 1996.

Zero tolerance

The outfit and mannequin, thought to be worth around $150,000 (96,000), have since been traced to a New York collector.

The four Spider-Man costumes have been valued at $50,000 (32,000) each.
Batman
The Batman costume is worth around $150,000

Mr Gustafson has worked as a security guard for both Warner Bros and Sony, leaving the latter in January 2001.

He has been charged with two counts of receiving stolen property while Mr Hughes has been charged with one count of receiving stolen property.

Both men were due to appear in court in Los Angeles on Friday.

"We took this seriously from the beginning and we were willing to invest the time and money to track down those responsible," said a spokesman for Columbia Pictures, which is owned by Sony.

"We have a zero tolerance policy for theft and will pursue all violators."

Spider-Man, starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, has become one of the biggest films of the year.

Filming on a sequel is set to begin early next year for release in summer 2004.

The recent Batman films have also been hugely successful, with three different actors - Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney - playing the Caped Crusader.

See also:

05 Jun 02 | Entertainment
05 Jun 02 | Entertainment
07 May 02 | Entertainment
05 May 02 | Entertainment
06 Sep 99 | Entertainment
11 Jul 02 | Entertainment
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Entertainment stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Entertainment stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes