Thursday, May 10, 2007

Crime in SWNID's 'Hood

The local media is reporting a robbery around the corner from the SWNID homestead.

Per the Enquirer, police were called to the "SuperAmerica" (actually a Speedway) at 5571 Colerain Avenue at 12:30 a.m. when an employee reported seeing men outside trying to rob someone.

Two suspects were arrested; a third is at large. One suspect was armed with a semiautomatic weapon. According to a report on WLW radio, one shot was fired but no one was hurt.

SWIND is only mildly surprised and concerned. There's been a lot of loitering near the corner of Colerain and Kirby in the last several weeks--largely in the parking lot of the smelly, poorly stocked convenience store* opposite the Speedway station--so it's not surprising that something like this happened. If the police would take the proactive step to encourage young men to gather in more appropriate places, like their homes, we'd guess that opportunities for such crime would be infrequent.

It remains to be seen, however, in whether such thoughtful and effective approaches are possible in the present social climate. It's silly if they aren't. No one needs to be standing outside a gas station at 12:30 at night.

Update: Enquirer reporter Jennifer Baker, acting on a SWNIDish tip, has graciously corrected the story to reflect that the store is a Speedway.
*United Dairy Farmers, why did you abandon us?

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