LAPD investigating disappearance of Iron Man suit used in Marvel’s ‘Avengers’ films

LOS ANGELES — Tony Stark may have to file a police report.

Los Angeles police are investigating the disappearance of the original Iron Man suit worn by Robert Downey Jr. from a Pacoima warehouse, officials said Wednesday morning.

The costume, valued at $325,000, vanished from a prop storage warehouse in the 13000 block of Weidner Street sometime between February and late April, according to Officer Christopher No, an LAPD spokesman.

The famous red and gold suit, which first flashed across movie screens in the 2008 “Iron Man” film that kick-started Marvel Studio’s movie empire, was reported missing Tuesday, No said.

It was not immediately clear who reported the costume stolen.

Proving truth is stranger than fiction, an attempt to steal some of the Avengers’ weapons and supplies was actually a plot point in last year’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

The LAPD would not say if the Vulture was considered a suspect in the incident.

—Los Angeles Times

She said she couldn’t pay medical bills, so she stole $25,000 in fine china from Belk store, police say

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An employee at the Belk store at SouthPark mall in south Charlotte is accused of stealing $25,000 worth of fine china and silverware, and then selling at least half of the merchandise on eBay.

Diana Ruth Ades, 55, of Charlotte, was charged with felony larceny by employee and freed on $1,000 bail on Friday, Mecklenburg County jail records show.

Ades told police she used the proceeds to pay medical bills, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

According to an affidavit of indigency she filed after her arrest, Ades said she has $20,000 in medical-related debts.

A Belk loss prevention officer discovered the merchandise missing during an inventory audit over the past few months, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. A Fitbit calorie-checking device also was stolen, police said

The loss prevention officer decided to do a random bags check on Ades, who was in charge of the china department, the affidavit said.

The officer conducted the checks three times in March and each time found china in Ades’ bags, according to the affidavit.

Ades returned about $9,500 of the merchandise, police said. She sold nearly $14,800 of the merchandise on eBay, “which has been listed as unrecovered at this time,” the affidavit said.

—The Charlotte Observer

Deputies find gunman on roof, but he threatened only gophers

SAN DIEGO — The neighbor’s report sounded serious: A man sitting on a house roof was pointing a rifle at the roadway.

Sheriff’s deputies and a helicopter headed to San Pasqual Valley Road south of Brookhollow Glen, where Escondido city limits meet an unincorporated neighborhood.

California Highway Patrol officers blocked traffic to keep motorists out of the rifle range.

After the 911 call at 4:37 p.m., deputies held back while the helicopter crew maneuvered to get an eye on the house. They saw a man lying on the roof, aiming the rifle, sheriff’s officials said.

Then the man left the roof and wasn’t seen. The tense situation lasted more than an hour. Finally, deputies approached the house.

A woman came out and explained everything, sheriff’s Lt. James Cady said.

Her husband was on the roof hunting gophers.

He apparently didn’t see any, and hadn’t fired any rounds.

—San Diego Union-Tribune

Iran fires rockets into Golan Heights, Israelis say

TEL AVIV, Israel — Israel’s army said early Thursday Iranian forces fired around 20 rockets at Israeli positions in the Golan Heights.

A number of the rockets were intercepted and no injuries were reported, according to the Israel Defense Forces, or IDF.

“The IDF views this event with great severity and remains prepared for a wide variety of scenarios,” it said in a statement.

A Syrian military source, state media and a monitoring group said that Israeli missiles were earlier targeting regime sites in the Queintra region on the Syrian side of the border.

The military source and the Syrian state news agency SANA said the missiles hit targets in Al-Baath City but there were no casualties.

The military source told dpa that the regime’s air defenses were confronting the attack and said at least 10 missiles were fired from al-Mezze military airport near the countryside west of Damascus.

According to activists in the area, Israeli tanks were targeting the Syrian regime’s anti-aircraft systems on the western side of Al-Baath City.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also confirmed the missiles strikes and said Israeli planes were flying over the Queintra area. Sirens on the Israeli-side of the Golan Heights were heard.

The attack on Queintra came a day after Israeli missiles targeted positions for the Iranian allies of the Syrian regime in Kiswa, south of Damascus.

According to the Observatory 15 were killed, among them eight Iranian fighters.