A homeless man named Travis Lloyd Kevie broke into the abandoned Valencia Club in the Sacramento Valley with a half-dozen beer. Then, he put out a sign saying the bar was open for business and used the money from the first half-dozen to buy some more beer. Unfortunately for Kevie, his scheme was so successful that a local newspaper did a story on the re-opening of the bar:
“A local newspaper report alerted a Placer County Sheriff’s Office Detective of a possible ongoing crime being committed in the Penryn area,” the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said. “As Detective Jim Hudson read the morning newspaper he recognized an individual pictured on the front page as a local transient who has had numerous contact with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.”
A detective went to the bar to determine if Kevie had obtained a liquor license.
“When Detective Hudson arrived at the Valencia Club it was open for business with customers bellied up to the bar. Upon questioning Kevie Detective Hudson determined that he had no connection to the property and he did not have a liquor license,” the department said.