Riddle me this, Batman: When a customized automobile store in Indiana doesn’t ship a Batmobile reproduction to a buyer, why would a California sheriff ship 4 deputies cross-country to arrest the store’s proprietor, jail him and freeze his property?
The reply: The man who ordered the Batmobile is seemingly a buddy of the sheriff.
The district legal professional and board of supervisors in San Mateo County needed to clear up this riddle lately when it was revealed that Sheriff Carlos Bolanos had despatched deputies to a store referred to as Fiberglass Freaks in Logansport, Indiana, which is licensed by DC Comics to construct replicas of the George Barris Batmobile from the Nineteen Sixties Adam West TV present. As reported by San Francisco’s KGO ABC7 and noticed by The Drive, San Mateo real-estate agent Sam Anagnostou ordered himself up one in all these $210,000 crime-fighting machines. (Contemplating the candy 23-window VW bus Anagnostou is utilizing in an actual property promotional video, he has an eye fixed for the finer issues.) However he managed to forfeit his place within the line for Batmobiles. And sure, there is a line for Batmobiles.
Mark Racop, who owns Fiberglass Freaks, stated he has 9 Batmobiles in manufacturing. He stated Anagnostou was truly first in line, however he missed a $20,000 fee. “And he disappeared on me for over eight months, nearly 9 months,” Racop stated.
When Anagnostou did not get his Batmobile on time, the account goes, Bolanos despatched 4 deputies to Indiana, greater than 2,000 miles past his Gotham Metropolis on the Bay. They have been touring on the taxpayers’ dime — “4 round-trip aircraft tickets, three nights of inns, meals, rental automobiles, and plenty of time beyond regulation,” ABC7 stated. There, they arrested Racop on California felony prices and briefly threw him in an Indiana jail.
Did Anagnostou flake? Did Racop fail to ship? Who is aware of, who cares. The true query is why would the sheriff become involved, and that is the riddle that ABC7 solved. The station says Anagnostou first filed a lawsuit, which was dismissed, then tried to curiosity police in Indiana to no avail, which is not any shock because it seems like a civil matter. That is when Anagnostou turned his Bat-Sign within the path of Bolanos, whom the station says was his buddy. Or because the lede on the ABC7 story says, “Holy political favors, Batman!”
The sheriff obtained search warrants in San Mateo, but the district legal professional says he did not understand the raid would occur in Indiana and stated he did not approve it. Now it sounds just like the D.A. goes to dismiss the fees.
So Anagnostou is with out wheels. And Racop may very well be off the hook, simply as Batman and Robin wriggled off so many hooks over so many pots of boiling oil.
And the place does that depart Sheriff Bolanos? Out of a job. Even earlier than all this, he had misplaced a June main election to a captain in his division. He was a lame duck when the Batmobile quest occurred in July.
A few of ABC7’s protection of the story seems under.
Oh, and in the event you’re questioning concerning the Fiberglass Freaks Batmobile, it rocks a GM LS3 (sorry, no atomic-battery-powered turbine engine), and it has a host of different nifty Bat-features. From the web site: “Our prime of the road reproduction comes with devices galore: the ‘rocket exhaust’ propane flamethrower works, the 5 highly-polished aluminum roll prime dashboard doorways glide open, the crimson beacon mild flashes, the Batbeam antenna grid raises between the entrance windshields, and the detect-a-scope radar display screen glows inexperienced. Options that have been science fiction and have been performed with particular results on the TV present are actuality on our automobiles now: a DVD participant or a rear view digital camera show on the LCD display screen within the sprint, and the hood and trunk elevate and decrease with electrical actuators. The high-end stereo offers wonderful sound, even at freeway speeds.”
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