Florida man dons Spider-Man mask during liquor store burglary

Man in Spider-Man mask breaks into liquor store

SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (Gray News) - A liquor store just north of Orlando got a visit from Spider-Man back in January, only this web-slinger wasn’t of the friendly neighborhood variety.

The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office arrested Edward Wilburn on Jan. 2.

Deputies said he’s the man who broke into Winn-Dixie Wine and Spirits in Casselberry, FL, wearing a Spider-Man mask to steal alcohol and cigarettes.

Deputy Bruce Milne responded to the burglary report. He immediately caught a break while reviewing surveillance footage.

The suspect first tried to open the store’s door without a mask on.

“To me, it was just a matter of absolute surprise that he would walk up to the door first, try to break in, and then it starts clicking in his head, ’Oh, I might get recognized if I do this without a mask on,’” Milne said.

Investigators said Wilburn went to a nearby thrift store where he found the Spider-Man mask.

The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office arrested Edward Wilburn on Jan. 2. (Source: Seminole County Sheriff's Office)
The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office arrested Edward Wilburn on Jan. 2. (Source: Seminole County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Seminole County Sheriff's Office, Seminole County Sheriff's Office, Seminole County Sheriff's Office, Seminole County Sheriff's Office, Seminole County Sheriff's Office)

Even so, his identity had already been exposed. Milne identified Wilburn as a local career criminal with a rap sheet showing arrests dating back to 1991.

“During the time of this incident, he was actually out on bond for other burglaries,” Milne explained.

Deputies tracked Wilburn to a house they say he frequents to buy drugs. That’s where they took him into custody.

“Eddie is a narcotics user,” Milne said. “Eddie uses heroin, Eddie uses meth and he steals to feed his habit.”

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