PENRYN—It had seemed like the shuttered Valencia Club had a new lease on life. Alcohol was flowing, and customers were crowding the bar.
But Placer County detectives say the landmark business in Penryn was actually being operated by a local transient, who broke into the club, re-opened it, and posed as the new owner.
According to Placer County Sheriff's detectives, Kevie had learned that the Valencia club lost its liquor license and shut down because he worked on the clean-up crew for the previous owner. Kevie allegedly broke into the building on July 16th, placed an open sign in the window, and started selling alcohol with a six pack of beer he purchased from across the street.
His ruse was exposed when Placer County Detective Jim Hudson recognized Kevie's picture in a July 19th article published in the Auburn Journal about the reopening of the Valencia Club. Hudson arrived at the club and found Kevie selling alcohol to customers without a liquor license. Kevie was booked into the Placer County Jail, and a large amount of alcohol and cash was confiscated from the club.