City judge who resembles Santa helps defendant buy gift

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — After making his Christmas rounds, it appears Santa Claus may have stopped by city court.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports ( that longtime Municipal Judge Ray Long has white hair and a beard and with his red vest looked like Saint Nick holding court on Friday.

One case involved a woman arrested late Christmas Eve for shoplifting.

She said she only had enough money to buy one present for her disabled 7-year-old son and tried to get a second without paying. Long said if she had come by the Police Department earlier, someone would have helped.

He then reached into his wallet, took out some money and asked a police officer to buy a toy from a nearby drug store. The officer and a jail worker also pitched in.

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