[MA-SOC] Japan's new crime wave?

B Smith ifuritaoni at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 14 13:55:18 EST 2009

Breaking news: "Senior Citizen Crimelord foiled by busting hip amidst deadly shootout with senior citizen police shootout!"
Brazen gun totaling octagenerian pulled off a daring daylight bank heist today, netting close to Y20,000 (he would have taken more but his arthritis was acting up).  No serious injuries were reported but there was a spirited high-speed walker chase between the armed bandit and police who had been parked at the donut shop across the street.  After a 20 minute footchase, the crook was apprehended at the end of the block while waiting for a boy scout to help him make him cross the street.  Two of the 4 officers were later hospitalized for shortness of breath from over-exertion and given the week off for recuperation.  The thief has not yet been identified but was last seen falling over as he tried to turn his walker around to face his pursuers, breaking his hip in the process.  He is currently being treated in the same senior center as his arresting officers.  The county DA has not filed charges yet pending the survival of the suspect. The
 thief's great-grandson acted as family spokesman and offered apologies to the bank and victims.
B Smith, insanity is optional

--- On Wed, 1/14/09, Oneirophile at aol.com <Oneirophile at aol.com> wrote:

From: Oneirophile at aol.com <Oneirophile at aol.com>
Subject: [MA-SOC] Japan's new crime wave?
To: ma-nyc-soc at lists.baka.org
Cc: malessio at optonline.net, Bardofbyte at aol.com, dipitysprings at yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 12:34 PM

>From the latest issue of AARP Bulletin:

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Japanese officials are struggling with a crime problem among  older people -- 
not as victims, but as perpetrators.  While the 65-plus  population in Japan 
has doubled in the last two decades, the number of crimes  committed by those 
over 65 has increased fivefold.  Often loneliness is to  blame when older 
residents commit petty crimes like shoplifting, which are  largely responsible for 
the spike, experts say.  And the problem is likely  to creep into the United 
States as the population here ages, says Ted Burke, a  professor of criminal 
justice at Radford University in Virginia.  Many  older Americans feel isolated 
if their family moves away and their friends  die.  "They end up stealing, 
not because they need the item but [because]  they're bored.  If they get 
caught, they will be communicating with someone  -- even if it's the police," Burke 
says.  Although the percentage of  arrests for Americans age 50-plus remained 
steady between 1997 and 2007, many  petty thefts, particularly those committed 
by older people, are never reported,  Burke says.

-- Michelle Diament (AARP Bulletin, January/February  2009)

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Posted by The Jillster -- age 58 with no arrests (so  far  ^_^)

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