Monday, June 6, 2011

Woman Robs Store To Help Boyfriend Who Then Dimes Her Out

This local crime story is one of those that makes you ask: What were they thinking? Actually, thinking was probably no where in this one written about over at the Killeen Daily Herald.

A 20-year-old woman is in custody after she allegedly robbed a clothing store Wednesday night to help ease the financial woes of her boyfriend.

Police said problems arose for Brittney Hawkins-Moore because her boyfriend is an employee of the Rue 21 clothing store in Market Heights, the store Hawkins-Moore allegedly robbed. An arrest affidavit states her 22-year-old boyfriend attempted to chase her and later identified her to police.

Hawkins-Moore has been charged with aggravated robbery. Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin arraigned her Thursday, setting her bail at $100,000.

My first question is: do you think that she'll dump him?

On a more serious note, why is it that armed robbery has been reduced from something that we expected from big burly ex-cons with lots of homemade tattoos, to something 20 year old girls to do help their boyfriends out? Why has this crime become so trivialized that even unlikely people consider it a viable enterprise?

If you think I am far off on this, look at the folks we now see robbing banks. The site Bandit Tracker has quite the range of suspects from what ones you would normally imagine when you think bank robber to people that you'd never think would be a bank robber.

How can we de-trivialize armed robbery and reduce the motivation of these atypical people to commit these crimes? If you figure it out, let me know.

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