Police looking for ‘Karate Kid’ thief in South Carolina

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SWANSEA, S.C. — Police are trying to find a man with what they’re calling a “unique ritual he uses before he commits a larceny.”

The man, caught on camera taking a purse, appears to  emulate a pose from the 1984 classic “The Karate Kid.”

“As you’ll see in the screenshots, this subject likes to perform Mr. Miyagi’s Crane Technique made famous by Daniel LaRusso in the All Valley Under 18 Karate Championship,” the Swansea Police Department wrote in a Facebook post.

The suspect is accused of stealing a purse from another vehicle at a BP gas station on Saturday.

The police department also added to the post a few notes as hashtags: “Mr. Miyagi wouldn’t approve,” “Not the next Karate Kid” and “Don’t be ninjaing people that don’t need ninjaing.”

Police are asking anyone who knows the man to contact the department at (803) 568-3366 or 1-888-CRIME-SC. Investigators can also be reached via Facebook message.


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