I told y'all last night I had to work. A fellow coworker and I were busy unpacking new gear that had to be installed last night at that wonderful store often referred to by Mayberry as "Chinamart".
It was a few minutes before closing time, and the calls were going out across the store's PA system for people to make their final selections etc. etc. etc.
A couple of guys walk in and head to the back of the store. In a few moments there's all this commotion over these guys trying to steal a TV. They hadn't actually left the store with it, but everyone gets all excited because they're acting suspiciously.
Meanwhile a woman quietly walks in, and while everyone is preoccupied with these two TV non-thieves, helps herself to $26,000.
Then walks out.
It was nearly 10 minutes before anyone realized what had happened.
The two guys left without the TV. I'm sure they got a cut of the 26K payday.
Meanwhile, I was busy tearing out the old and installing the new.
Gerald Celente is famous for saying, "When people lose everything, and have nothing left to lose, they lose it!" Gerald predicted crime waves as a trend for 2011.
And it seems he was right.
Polite Robber: 'I'm Robbing You, Sir'
Durham seniors warned against opening doors to polite thief
These two examples do not really seem to fit our common conception of most criminals.
There's more robberies, home invasions, burglaries, and all manner of petty crimes than I can ever recall seeing in the news.
Our little town's police blotter has expanded over the past five years from maybe 4 inch column, mostly noise complaints and traffic stops, to a third to half a page full of assaults, beatings, thefts, drunk and disorderly, and people prowling around at 1 am. The troubling thing is, most of the people listed for the more serious issues are not residents.
Hope things are staying calm in your neck of the woods. It seems pretty clear that it is just going to get worse.
Oh yeah, someone stole a hubcap off my truck today.