LOS ANGELES (AP) A former studio security guard and another man were charged with receiving Batman and Spider-Man costumes allegedly stolen off movie studio lots.
Glenn Gustafson, 35, of Burbank and Robert Hughes, 34, of Los Angeles were arrested at their homes Thursday by Culver City police, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said in a statement.
Prosecutors charged Gustafson with two counts of receiving stolen property, a felony. Hughes was charged with one count.
According to authorities, four custom Spider-Man suits were stolen from Sony Studios in Culver City on April 3, 2001. The costumes are valued at more than $200,000.
The Batman suit, valued at more than $150,000, and a mannequin were stolen from the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank in March 1996.
Authorities said three of the Spider-Man suits were recovered in New York and Los Angeles. The fourth suit has been traced to a collector in Japan.
The Batman suit and mannequin were traced to a collector in New York, authorities said.
Gustafson worked as a guard for Warner Bros. in March 1996 and then for Sony Pictures, which he left in January 2001, the district attorney's office said.
If convicted, Gustafson faces a possible maximum prison term of seven years and eight months. Hughes would face a possible five-year term if convicted.