Police: Man broke into bar, served patrons
PENRYN, Calif., July 23 (UPI) -- Police in Penryn, Calif., said a transient who is well known to deputies broke into a bar and served customers for a couple of days before being found out.
The Valencia Club went out of business in June but Travis Lloyd Kevie, 29, opened it back up July 16, complete with an "Open" sign in the window, the Sacramento Bee reported. Kevie served an estimated 30 customers a day during the weekend, the newspaper said.
The reopening apparently was newsworthy in the area, as the Auburn (Calif.) Journal even carried an item in which Kevie was quoted as saying it was "a dream come true" for him to operate the club.
Placer County Sheriff's Detective Jim Hudson happened to see the news item and recognized Kevie. Hudson went to the club Wednesday and determined Kevie had no liquor license. Kevie was arrested on suspicion of burglary and selling alcohol without a license, the Bee said.
Kevie had worked on a crew brought in to clean the building after the Valencia Club was shut down.
Investigators said Kevie bought a six-pack of beer at a convenience store and then used money from selling the beer to buy more alcohol -- continuing to build the business until he had "10 to 12 bottles of hard liquor and a couple of cases of beer."
Police said they confiscated a large of amount of cash and alcohol from the bar.
Smart phone, really dumb thief
SAN FRANCISCO, July 23 (UPI) -- Police in San Francisco said a mugger was arrested after stealing an iPhone while it was being used to demonstrate new GPS tracking software.
David Kahn, chief executive officer of Covia Labs, said he gave his iPhone to an intern to walk around the block while he was demonstrating the real-time GPS tracking software Monday to potential clients at K/F Communications, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
"We kind of noticed while that was happening, boy, she was really starting to move pretty fast and she wasn't heading back toward the place," he said. "Moments later she comes bursting into the office and said she'd just been mugged."
Kahn said he used the software to track the thief's movements while the intern called 911.
"It was pretty exciting to realize what was going on and wondering if he had noticed," Kahn said. "Obviously if he had turned off the phone, that would have been it."
Police said they recovered the phone and arrested Horatio Toure, 31, on suspicion of grand theft and possession of stolen property about 9 minutes after the incident.
Doubt cast on Elvis embalming items
MEMPHIS, July 23 (UPI) -- A Memphis funeral director said he is skeptical about the authenticity of items in a Chicago auction purported to be used in Elvis Presley's embalming.
E.C. Daves, president of Memphis Funeral Home, said embalming instruments have remained the same for more than 50 years, and verifying the authenticity of the items -- including surgical instruments, a toe tag and eyeliner -- would be almost impossible, the (Memphis) Commercial Appeal reported.
"Anybody could fake something like this. It's ridiculous," Daves said.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers said the items will be sold in two lots, one with an estimated value of $8,000 and one valued at $6,000. Leslie Hindman, chief executive and president of the auction house, said the items were consigned to her by a retired embalmer and the auction house stands by their authenticity.
The auction is scheduled for Aug. 12.
Parachutists land on department store
CINCINNATI, July 23 (UPI) -- Police in Cincinnati said two people with parachutes landed atop the Saks Fifth Avenue building, but they were gone when officers arrived.
Investigators said witnesses, including a police lieutenant attending a conference in the area, saw the two people in the air and someone called police at about 9:40 a.m. to report the duo had landed on the department store's roof, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
Police said they do not know where the parachutists began their descent.