On TV: A 49-year-old man broke into a grocery store in the North Main area and stole more than $1,000 worth of smokes. He probably thought he’d gotten away with it until he saw himself on the local news, after which he turned himself in. (Wonder if he called his family to TiVo it.) He shouldn’t have committed the crime, but he should get a little credit for coming clean.
Must Be the Shoes: There’s such huge hype surrounding sneakers that it causes some people to pay more money for a pair of Kanye West-inspired Nikes than for a used Honda Accord. Meanwhile, it causes others to look for an opportunity to profit. A 34-year-old man from Lexington was pulled over for a traffic stop, but when the cops looked in the back of his vehicle, it looked like the back room of a Foot Locker. The officer got permission to search the car and found out that the suspect had more than $10,000 worth of counterfeit Jordans. (Yeah, beware if you’ve been buying your shoes at the flea market.) The suspect also had knockoff jewelry and other stuff, proving once again: If you spot a new Rolex for the price of a Fossil, more than likely you should pass.
Pop the Trunk: Except for Eminem, guys usually adore the hell out of their mothers. So, when a 20-year-old man driving on I-95 was pulled over after reports of a possible kidnapping, police must have been surprised to find his mother in the trunk. Luckily, the mother wasn’t harmed and the son was arrested. Let’s just say Christmas is going to be pretty frickin’ awkward this year.
Hotel Meth: A 26-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man were arrested after attempting to manufacture meth in a hotel room near Airport Boulevard. The suspects were found pretty quickly, because the room reeked of chemicals. Someone at the hotel contacted the cops, and when they showed up they found everything used to make the drug in the room in plain sight. Not only were the two suspects arrested, they also lost the money they’d paid for the room and won’t get any complimentary breakfast in the morning.
Chop Shop: Authorities got a tip that there was an illegal car facility (i.e., chop shop) operating in Lexington. Cops discovered several vehicles that had been stolen and whose VINs had been changed. They also found weapons, leading to the arrest of a 34-year-old suspect. Lingering question: Was the person who called in the tip just trying to get rid of the competition? That’s how it works on The Wire. The suspect apparently isn’t a small-time operator, as he was able to post bail set at $250,000.
Tip of the Week: If your kid is 2 years old, you should take him or her with you if you plan on going somewhere. A 29-year-old woman was arrested after her 2-year-old daughter was found walking down the road alone. Luckily someone in the area recognized the child and caught her before anything could happen. The woman was then called and told cops that two of her other children were at school and she had her 1-year-old with her while she left the 2-year-old asleep in the bed. The mother has likely dropped out of consideration for Parent of the Year.
Great Gifts for the Whole Family
Don’t miss Half Moon Outfitters’ holiday sale! Up to 30% off Prana, Patagonia, The North Face, and other great brands. Location and hours here.
New Year’s Eve at Social
Don’t miss this Black and White Affair featuring Kap Slap. Tickets available online!
Ice Skate on Main Street
Columbia’s famously hot skating rink is now open! Additional information and discounts can be found here.
A Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Carnival
From 6-11 PM on December 31st on Main Street, enjoy rides, games, karaoke, food, drinks and more! More information here.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage offers 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
Hickory Tavern Is Now Open!
Find us on Facebook, Twitter (@TheHickoryTav), Instagram (@HickoryTavern), and visit our website for more info. 907 Senate Street in the Vista!
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