Friday, February 23, 2007
The best part of this story from The Post is not the arrest or what this guy was trying to do but the fact there's a bit of Hollywood in our backyard. Time to do a little exploring...
"A man who claims he pursues urban exploration as a hobby was arrested this week for breaking into a Columbia studio used to film the HBO show "the Wire."
Michael Steven Arndt, 25, of Columbia, was arrested Sunday night after he was found inside an east Columbia warehouse where interior scenes are shot for "The Wire," a much acclaimed police drama set in Baltimore.
Arndt told the building's security guard that he crawled through the building's trash chute and thought the warehouse was abandoned, according to charging documents. Police said he had a leather bag containing burglary tools.
Arndt was charged with misdemeanor counts of burglary and possession of burglary tools. He was released on his own recognizance.
The day after his arrest, Arndt had a pizza delivered to the security guard at the warehouse with an apology and printouts from Web sites about urban exploration, said William "B.J." Spencer, owner of VIP Security Unlimited LLC, which provides 24-hour security for "The Wire." Urban exploration is the examination of abandoned or little-used buildings.
Arndt wanted to explain his hobby "so we would understand," Spencer said. "But to do that with a bunch of burglary tools is ridiculous." "
Posted by Columbia Talk at 6:33 AM