Stick ‘Em Up: A 30-year-old man followed another man into the restroom at a club in northeast Columbia, and while the victim was finishing his business the suspect pulled a knife on him and threatened to kill him if he didn’t give up the goods. But this victim wasn’t going to take it: Not only did he escape the restroom, he also alerted the club’s security guards, who held the suspect until the cops came. Note to would-be criminals: If you’re going to attempt a stick up, make sure you know about the security guards.
The Toilet Bandit: Someone broke into a home in northeast Columbia by entering a window in the bathroom. The suspect then accidentally damaged the toilet while trying to get in and water flooded the bathroom and a bedroom. The suspect got away with stealing a PS3, Wii and a television — all of which is probably worth a lot less than the water damage the guy caused. So, now this criminal is the Toilet Bandit because he’s too dumb to figure out how to get into a room without messing up the crapper. No arrests have been made, but police have a suspect — a 31-year-old man who is linked with several other home break-ins in the area. Here’s a hint that might help them nab this guy: His shoes are probably real squeaky.
Shotgun: A man robbed a Columbia gas station, carrying around a big shotgun to get his point across. (Maybe he figured he might as well go all the way, since a sawed-off shotgun would still be hard to hide.) The suspect was wearing big fuzzy earmuffs when he robbed the place, demanding money from the clerk at the gas station. No arrests have been made.
Swerve: A 23-year-old man was arrested after cops found something under his hood that wasn’t a Hemi. The suspect was pulled over in Orangeburg when cops saw his car swerving, which isn’t the best thing to be doing when you’re trying to be discreet. The cop who pulled him over smelled marijuana, so he brought in a K-9 unit to check things out. Turns out the guy had weed hidden under his hood, along with a plastic scale. (This might not have been the best plan, as a hot engine could be bad news for both the weed and the scale. Just saying.) The man was arrested. He’ll probably learn some better methods in jail.
Tip of the Week: If you see something that looks too good to be true on Craigslist, more than likely that s#!t ain’t so. A 34-year-old man in Lexington posted an ad for a motor vehicle trailer and a utility vehicle at an extremely low price. (The police report didn’t list a number, sorry.) It’s not illegal to sell something cheap, but it’s a good tip-off to cops that it’s probably stolen goods — and sure enough, these goods had been reported stolen. Cops set up a fake meet and acted as if they were customers. When they met the suspect, the man couldn’t prove that he’d purchased the items. The lesson? Looking for a chick on Craigslist isn’t the only way things can go terribly wrong for someone.
Columbia’s Largest Sidewalk Sale
Shop local this tax free weekend! Devine Street and Five Points are teaming up for a massive sidewalk sale featuring great in-store specials from all your favorite retailers and a Saturday art stroll. Read more hereand here!
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
Tax-Free Weekend at Best Mattress
With big savings from July 31st-August 2nd, you can afford handcrafted quality. Free bed frame and pillows on any Full, Queen, or King set $599 and above! Click for locations and hours.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage is offering 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
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U.S. Security Associates
Now hiring immediately for armed and unarmed security officers. WE TRAIN YOU! Columbia & surrounding areas. ussecurityassociates.com
Real Estate Spotlight
Concord Park From the $150’s. Off 12th St. Extension. 803.419.2227. mungo.com
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GABLE HILL APARTMENTS 1, 2 & 3 BR’s available with many amenities. Surround yourself with Southern comforts at Gable Hill Apartments! Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 310 Ross Rd, Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
ST. ANDREWS COMMONS APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Close to everywhere YOU WANT TO BE! 1200 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
WATERFORD APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Prime location, and plenty of space. Live large at Waterford Apartments. Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 1340 Longcreek Dr., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
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