Police think Spider-Man robbery an inside job

From Staff ReportsJanuary 19, 2011 

Twenty-year-old Lindsay Nichole Noble is facing an embezzlement charge after police searched her Raleigh home and found a Spiderman mask, along with small amounts of money contained in two plastic bags.

Raleigh police have arrested a hotel clerk for what they believe is her role in a staged robbery featuring a suspect disguised as Spider-Man, according to warrants released today.

Twenty-year-old Lindsay Nichole Noble is facing an embezzlement charge after police searched her Raleigh home and found a Spider-Man mask, along with small amounts of money contained in two plastic bags.

Police also noted in the application for the search warrant that Noble's apartment door was "adorned with clingy plastic pictures of the Green Goblin who is Spider-Man's nemesis in the Spider-Man movies and comic books."

Noble, a night clerk at the Best Western at 3618 New Bern Ave., told police on Jan. 14 that she had been robbed at gunpoint, the search warrant says.

Police retrieved the video from the Best Western's surveillance system, which caught the exchange with Spider-Man on tape. According to police, Noble was talking on the phone just before the robbery and said, "Alright...alright...Hurry up."

About 30 seconds after hanging up, the suspect, "wearing a Spiderman mask and gloves," entered the hotel lobby and Noble "automatically hands the suspect the money," police said in the warrant.

Police did not identify the Spider-Man suspect.

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