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Posted at 2:14 PM ET, 12/23/2010

Mid-day crime roundup

By Washington Post staff and Associated Press

A man in a Santa costume was pick-pocketed in Fells Point, reported the Baltimore Sun on Thursday.

"I've always wanted to hug Santa," a 50-year-old woman said as she hugged a man dressed in a Santa costume Dec. 19. While holding Santa close, she picked his pocket.

Baltimore Sun comments that the story came straight from the crime blotter files, with a blotter story's notorious lack of detail a comic result.

Maryland car crash reveals indoor marijuana farm, reported earlier today.

Forty-four-year-old Richard Marriott and another person were uninjured when a BMW crashed into Marriott's house and burst into flames Dec. 10.

Police in Ellicott City say the crash revealed that Marriott had an indoor marijuana farm that they describe as an extensive growing operation, with almost 20 large marijuana plants. Marriott was arrested and was being held Wednesday on $15,000 bond.

The older sister of a missing Las Vegas dancer says she'll stay in Las Vegas until her sister is found.

Celeste Flores-Narvaez tells the Associated Press she'll keep up the search even if it means missing Christmas with her two children in Atlanta.

Deborah Flores-Narvaez has been missing since a Dec. 12 meeting with an ex-boyfriend.

Las Vegas police say there's no evidence a crime occurred.

But 32-year-old Celeste Flores-Narvaez says she knows her sister wouldn't intentionally disappear.

The 31-year-old dancer was reported missing after she didn't show up for a performance of the nightly "Fantasy" burlesque show at the Luxor hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

Celeste Flores-Narvaez flew to Las Vegas last week to search for her sister.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post staff and Associated Press  | December 23, 2010; 2:14 PM ET
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