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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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