This happened in Greenwood Walmart: Sunday afternoon I thought I would check out the Halloween outfits for the grand kids. I was deciding between two shirts when two black boys came beside me. One stayed behind and the other walked past talking about not knowing what size shoes his baby wore and having to call and find out. When he came back by, he grabbed my wallet from the crook of my arm and took off running. I took off after them hollering to the top of my lungs. I knew they were probably headed to the exit, but I did lose them when I got to the front entrance.
I was on the pay phone outside talking to the police when the one who actually took my wallet came out looking for his car. I told the dispatcher 'He just came out, and I going after him!'someone heard me hollering again in the parking lot and spotted the boy getting into a car. He stood by the car until I got there. There were 3 boys, the boy's mother and some other girl in the car. Of course, they denied taking the wallet, but I knew it was the one in the orange shirt. That same boy threatened to shoot the person if he didn't move. They all got out of the car and by then Walmart's management was there. They told them to just stay put because the police were on their way.
They began to walk back to the store, and we heard one of them say 'It's gone, just get in the car.' They jumped back into the car and sped off about the time the police came up.In the meantime, another associate found my wallet among some clothes. The little over $40 I had in cash was all that was missing.
When the police brought the carload of thugs back, the mother kept wanting to just give me the missing money and let her baby go, that he was sorry. I told her to forget it.
At the police station I found out he is a 15 year old Indianola resident, father of one, and an alternative school student. Sounds like he's on the road to being a model citizen.
He will have to face Kevin Adams, the new Youth Court Judge who I understand doesn't play.
They will slap him on the hand and send him on his way. Let us know what happens to him. Criminal parents should be first arrested!
Him?? How about Mom and the others involved? Sounds like the pack was traveling together on their crime spree and Mom was driving the get-a-way car. I call that aiding, abetting and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, as well as accessory! She most of all should have been arrested!With the cops giving her chase, seems like that alone should have gotten her some time in the jail!!!So where did this ball get dropped? The police or the laws? Either way, sounds like the kid and others may have to wait to do a bigger job, get caught and learn the hard lesson that crime does not pay....till then...it does.
Oh, but crime does pay! It pays big in the Mississippi Delta, because we allow "youth offenders" to go free. Criminals have wised up as to how to avoid jail... just get some 15 year old to do the actual crime because if they get caught, we rationalize that "they" are only "children"! They are back on the streets the next week pulling the same scams and stealing from all of our "remaining" merchants.
Ask our Chamber why retail merchants leave Greenville. Most will tell you because of theft... employee theft to be exact. Sears has spent millions of dollars in store surveillance equipment and Greenville continues to be among the highest ranking stores for employee theft. Some are so bold that they are stealing appliances right off the delivery trucks, so they never make it to the store.
How do they get away with this you ask? Because "they" are in charge! They are members of the "entitlement club" which is a pseudonym for the Delta Mafia. As long as you don't blow the whistle on club members, you are allowed to share in the bounty.
Example: What happened to the missing $7 million dollars from the County Tax Collector's office? Anyone been prosecuted or answered for the missing funds? No, because they are club members and have protection from prosecution... as "silent" members in good standing.
The crime in Greenville is completely out of control. Cops are being arrested for domestic violence and DUI, violent crime is on the increase and our local "government" has decided to go "part-time". Wow, it just makes my head spin!
So, what's the answer? The answer is to get rid of all of the "club members" who view stealing and violence as acts of reparation from 100 years ago; to rid our community of those who who'd teach their children to steal to avoid prosecution themselves; to empower our community to stand up for what is right, rather than merely accept what Greenville has become!
The election is upon us, but regardless of whom we elect as President, we will still face the same local challenges and problems for the next 4 years. Neither McCain nor Obama can save the Delta... it is up to us!