Illinois Superman caper lands thief in prison

By JIM SUHR | November 18, 2011 | 3:15 AM EST

In this photo taken Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2011, Mike Meyer, 48, shows off one of his favorIte items of his decades-old Superman collection _ a Man of Steel figure from the mid-1960s _ in his home in Granite City, Ill. After much of Meyer's Superman collection was stolen in August, people around the world touched by his story helped replenish his memorabilia with items ranging from autographed items to valuable comic books and action figures. (AP Photo/Jim Suhr)

GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — Mike Meyer started amassing all things Superman decades ago while trying to get over a girl.

Now people across the world are contributing to his sprawling Man of Steel collection, just months after a thief made off with boxes full of his keepsakes.

What's happened recently to the still-single, 48-year-old southwestern Illinois man has stoked his belief in truth, justice and the American way.

In August, Gerry Armbruster tricked Meyer out of his collectibles. Donors from around the world made aware of the ripoff sent Meyer loads of Superman stuff to rebuild the collection he eventually got back.

Meyer gave duplicate items to a St. Louis children's hospital.

Armbruster was sentenced this week to six years in prison. Meyer says justice won out.