Larry Krystkowiak doesn't wear a cape, nor does he leap tall buildings in a single bound.
He doesn't have X-ray vision, nor is he an honorary member of the X-Men.
But apparently the University of Utah basketball coach is a crime fighter.
Last month he stopped a would-be bike thief on the U of U campus. Earlier this month he helped campus police track down a person suspected of stealing items - including video equipment and computers - from the school's athletic offices.
At 6-foot-9, Krystkowiak cuts an imposing figure on the court, the sidelines or in the parking lot, which is where he first noticed a man riding a bike while holding onto another bike.
Krystkowiak, who was walking into the Huntsman Center with his morning cup of coffee, thought something wasn't right. He trusted his gut and confronted the the cyclist.
The man reportedly told the coach the second bike belonged to his girlfriend.
"I almost bought it," Krystkowiak told ESPN.com. "But it didn't look right."
Again going with his gut, Krystkowiak stood his ground.
The alleged thief asked the coach if he could simply leave the bikes and go. Krystkowiak said no.
No doubt taking stock of Krystkowiak's size, the man then asked the coach if he'd chase after him if he simply took off running.
Understand, Krystkowiak is a competitive guy. He was a great college player at Montana and he spent time in the NBA as a player and later as a coach. That alone indicates just how much he appreciates a good challenge.
Add to that the fact he's a good guy and a solid citizen.
I wasn't there, of course, but I like to imagine the would-be thief was looking up at Krystkowiak with sad, frightened eyes.
He knew the answer to the question before he even asked it.
Will you chase after me?
"Yeah, I'll run after you and tackle you," Krystkowiak said he told the suspect. "I made him sit down on the curb until the police came. He had five stolen cellphones on him. He had something to pick locks."
Again, I wasn't there. But I also like to imagine what it would have been like to drive past the Huntsman Center at the very moment.
"Hey, isn't that coach Krystkowiak on the corner? Why is that other guy sitting on the curb, and what's with the bikes?"
Personally, I've been fond of Krystkowiak since his days playing with the Jazz. And I recall his days as the Milwaukee Bucks head coach. I spoke to him after a morning shootaround at EnergySolutions Arena; he couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating.
If I wasn't a Larry Krystkowiak fan before, I certainly am now. This latest stuff about his knack for fighting crime only adds to his almost legendary status.
There's just one thing, and I don't mean to sound trite but ...
If Larry really does like fighting crime, I'd love to see him take on Utah's upcoming schedule, which doesn't include a game with Weber State.
Now there's a crime.
The Runnin' Utes and Wildcats should play every year. Unfortunately, that's not going to be the case anytime soon. Utah is now a Pac-12 school and that means it's too much to ask that the Utes schedule a series with the Wildcats, which likely would include a game in Ogden every other year.
Pac-12 schools just don't make road visits to Big Sky Conference venues.
Of course there's also the fact Weber State has been the superior team the last few times they've met.
So, what's the solution? Simple. Don't make it a home-and-home series, make it a neutral site game at EnergySolutions Arena. Better still, let Larry H. Miller Group sponsor a tournament around the holidays when the Jazz are off on their annual pre-Christmas road trip.
Weber State, Utah, Utah State and BYU would be there and they could take turns playing each other.
Basketball fans here in Utah would flock to the arena; they'd love it.
Even though it would require each school to give up a few home games, I think this idea could work.
Here's hoping someone gives it a try because it would be a crime not to.