ORMOND BEACH, Florida — Holy gender bender Batman!
Two women have been busted in Florida for a string of armed robberies perpetrated by someone wearing a Batman mask.
Ormond Beach police arrested Wateka Thomason, 33, and Cassandra Raffa, 31, on Sunday morning as they slept in a Honda Civic in the parking lot of Wal-Mart. On Raffa’s Facebook page, she lists herself as being married to Thomason.
They have been charged in connection to series of knifepoint robberies at convenience stores and restaurants in the Ormond Beach area in December that police initially thought were conducted by a man.
In each, one of the two women — disguised by the Batman mask — approached an employee brandishing a knife and demanding cash, cops said.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Officer said investigators were able to zero in on the women by matching them to the getaway car used in the robberies that had been photographed by surveillance cameras. A search of social media turned up several photos of the women wearing Batman clothing.
The spree kicked off on Dec. 13 at a 7-Eleven when Batman walked in and demanded money. When the clerk refused, the suspect went behind the counter and walked off with several packs of smokes.
The next day the caped crusader stormed into a Kangaroo convenience store brandishing a knife and screamed, “Give me all of your money, I don’t want to hurt you.” The clerk handed over what was in the register and the suspect disappeared.
The following week, a knife-wielding bandit clad in a Batman mask demanded money from an 18-year-old Steak ‘n Shake employee on a break. The next day, Batman similarly attempted to rob a Sunshine Express gas station, but walked away empty-handed.
Both women have served time in prison and have been held without bond.
Thomason was released Jan. 21, 2016, after serving about 10 months for dealing drugs near an assisted-living facility and obstructing a criminal investigation in Leon County, prison records show. She also is on probation for grand theft in Seminole County.
Raffa was released Jan. 19, 2016, after serving about 10 months for robbery in Volusia County, prison records show. Prior to that stint, Raffa served about two months for possession of a controlled substance in Marion County. She also served just under a year for robbery in Volusia County from 2013 to 2014.