New York police were left red-faced after Superman did not turn up to save the day.
When responding to what seemed a routine bank alarm call out, three police cars pulled up outside Steel Cheques Bank to find a real armed robbery taking place.
Rather then risk their lives for the money of fat business men, the police decided to wait it out in their cars until Superman arrived to help them tackle the thieves.
Despite the fact that Superman lives in the fictional city of Metropolis the officers refused the need for backup assistance for more then 40 minutes, leaving the robbers to escape with all of the cash in the bank.
It was only after the bank’s manager entered the building and sounded the all clear did the officers leave their vehicles to inspect the scene.
The Chief of Police, Tony Clarke, said that the issue was being investigated and “this could have only been a momentary lapse of judgement” and is in no way related to the time officers spent $1.6 million investigating spider webs.