Guard undone by superheroes
A former Warner Bros. security guard suspected in the theft of a
Batman suit will spend nine months in jail for his role in the theft
of four custom-made Spider-Man costumes, officials said.
Burbank resident Jeffrey Glenn Gustafson, 36, pleaded no contest
Monday to one felony count of receiving stolen property in connection
with the theft of the Spider-Man suits from Sony Studios in Culver
Authorities could not prove Gustafson stole a Batman suit from the
Warner Bros. lot, L.A. County Deputy District Atty. Don Tamura said.
In addition to jail time, Gustafson was placed on five years
probation and will have to pay $93,000 in restitution, including
$46,000 to collector Stuart Wilensky.
Wilensky bought three of the suits -- which have since been
returned to their rightful owners -- from Gustafson.
The Batman outfit, valued at about $150,000, was custom-made for
actor Val Kilmer for his performance in the 1995 release, “Batman
Warner Bros. declined to comment on the specifics of the theft or
Co-defendant Robert Hughes of Los Angeles, 35, pleaded no contest
to a misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property in connection
with the thefts. He was sentenced to two years summary probation and
30 days of community service.