SantaCruz.com By Danny Wool Thu, Mar 17, 2011
It was a lovely day at the Sacred Grove, a store that specializes in, according to a sign in the store, “Witchcraft wares and magical supplies, potion brews and unique gifts” (eye of newt for Christmas is certainly a unique gift).
They doubled, they doubled, they toiled, then came trouble, and not in the person of Lord Voldemort, either. This time the local qwiccamart was invaded by 41-year-old Kelly Piper, who took offense at the sign, marked with a black pentagram. He grabbed the sign and took off in a black Isuzu.
Fortunately, the owners of the shop were able to get the license plate number. They also noticed that the vehicle had “Jesus Saves” dabbed on one side and “Confess and forgive” scrawled on the other. It was a dead giveaway, but the license plate was the clincher. The police were soon in pursuit of the culprit.
They raced through the streets of Santa Cruz and Capitola, like an Egyptian army chasing the Israelites. As if by miracle, Piper managed to elude them for 20 minutes. Stop signs and red lights melted before him. He swerved around a spike strip at Water and Ocean on his way to the Promised Land. But then he was stopped, at the corner of Morrissey and Fairmount.
Piper may “Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in Heaven” (Matthew 5:12). On Earth, however, he will have to face a judge for stealing the sign and avoiding the police. And as for now, “Witchcraft wares and magical supplies, potion brews and unique gifts” are still offered for sale at The Sacred Grove. Read more at the Mercury News.
Tags: hate crime, pagan store, Santa Cruz, Witchcraft, Wicca, Occult