Archive for Saturday, March 10, 2007

Man robs local convenient store

March 10, 2007


Lawrence Police are searching for a man connected to a reported aggravated robbery that occurred about 2 p.m. today at the Conoco convenience store at 23rd and Haskell streets.

Sgt. Bill Cory said police responded at 2:09 p.m. to the store. Cory said a white male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt or jacket entered the store, brandished a black and silver handgun, and asked for money. The man, estimated to be about 16 to 20 years old, took an undisclosed amount of money and fled on foot heading southwest.

Police ask anyone with information to call the department at 832-7501 or the CrimeStoppers hotline at 843-TIPS.


compmd 11 years ago

just once I would like to see "man robs convenience store, flees, gets hit by bus" as a tagline in the paper.

Steve Jacob 11 years ago

2PM? Wow! They do have the bullet-proof glass, why not use it 24 hours a day?

Daniel Speicher 11 years ago

Pogo, yes... You are turned around. The drop-in center and Salvation army are both north of 23rd and Haskell. Much to your surprise (being the sociological genius that you are, I'm sure) very little crime is caused by the homeless.

But, while we're on this topic, let's dissect your logic a bit... You assume that a robbery is perpetuated by a homeless or impoverished person. Why do you think that? My assumption would be that you think that because: A) A rich or middle-class person doesn't really need to steal illegally (and, yes, there are other, more "white collar" ways of stealing) to make ends meet and/or, B) A rich or middle-class person would risk more than he would gain by robbing something as petty as a convenience store. These are the logical reasons why you would believe what you believe... This is giving you the benefit of the doubt that you're not just a stupid biggot who likes to lump all homeless and impoverished into one stereotype... And, I would hope that, in today's society, that you might have crawled out of that hole.

However, even if you believe what you believe for the "right" reasons... Why do those in need steal? My guess would be for two reasons: #1) They need it. They are facing eviction, foreclosure, reposession, governmental action (i.e. tax liens, etc.) or other dire situations. Or, #2) They have been raised badly by their parents, friends and other influences and find this action to be easier than going out and becoming a productive part of society.

Frankly, it doesn't matter to me which of the two situations they are in. Stealing is unacceptable at any time. Breaking the law is unacceptable at any time. However, at some point we, as responsible citizens of the United States, Kansas and Lawrence need to ask ourselves the question, "What is our role?" Punishment and reform after the fact is not good enough anymore. We need to work on prevention. And, prevention comes from education. We need to educate and mentor youth around us (especially those without an abundance of positive role models in their lives) so that the upcoming generation might be more responsible than the one that is living now. So, before you spout off your biggoted thinking... Look into your life and see if you are doing anything to make the future better. Because, if you're not... You have NO room to talk.

--Danny Speicher

PS -- Social organizations, believe it or not, are necessary. Perhaps they are abused and in need of reform. But, social programming is simply a way to keep the greedy upper class from screwing the lower class even more than they already do.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 11 years ago

That must have been a convenient store for the robber. Thank you, Lynn

Nikki May 11 years ago

Chapparral/Prairie Park is EAST of Haskell Ave, so the OP was not right either.

yellowhouse 11 years ago

+ + + Here is a link to see the story about a local secret informant. What they dont want you to know!

Daniel Speicher 11 years ago

There may be no room for my God in socialism... But, my God consistently preaches social responsibility. And, when the people choose not to be socially responsible and pursue the capitalist "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" (to people who, both metaphorically and, at times, literally, don't have boots to pull up the bootstraps on) mentality... Then laws must be made to hold the rich accountable to helping those who cannot help themselves. Don't fool yourself, kansasman... Yuppie greed did not die with the 80's. If we were to eliminate social programming (or even dramatically reduce the money given to such programming), there would be nothing short of the French revolution. Wake up and realize that although society needs classes (I do not preach a classless society), society also needs to provide for the basic needs of every citizen within its borders. This includes: Food, shelter and the means to provide for themselves in the future (this is what we call sustainability and it is where the reforms need to happen in the welfare system.)

I choose not to resort to name-calling. It seems immature. Calling me a socialist and implying I'm a communist (which you did... as socialism, as an economic mindset, does not speak of god and religion... but, communism, as a governmental structure, does) is just childish. It would be like me calling our president and the shrinking GOP Nazis because of their imperialist mentality.

Grow up.

--Danny Speicher

bearded_gnome 11 years ago

or, to add #4 to DS's list: however he/she was raised, chose to make bad choices, got addicted and stole to support the habit.

bearded_gnome 11 years ago

amusing typo to the headline, makes me wonder, ... "as opposed to an inconvenient store?"

classclown 11 years ago

Social programming sounds an awful lot like the Cultural Revolution.

compmd 11 years ago

wtf is with yellowhouse's non sequitur posts lately?

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