Posted by Joe, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jan 17, 2012 at 1:07 pm
The cost to the taxpayers, and the owner/insurer of the stolen vehicle must have run into the thousands of dollars. Most media accounts never seem to track who pays for the damages incurred by these villains, but it must be significant.
It's hard to believe that this fellow will not turn out to be responsible for some number of burglaries in Palo Alto, and other communities. If he is, that information probably won't be picked up by the press.
That leaves us with the never-ending question, is this fellow an illegal alien, or a home-grown bad guy.
Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto, on Jan 17, 2012 at 2:55 pm
The "silly" policy is for the sake of public safety. Sounds like it was still a pursuit, eg, unofficial on the part of PAPD, which could've resulted in injuries or death. Of course, criminals care little how they effect others & that's how a property crime can turn into something very dangerous.
Posted by Nayeli, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jan 17, 2012 at 3:46 pm
I'm glad that they captured this WICKED person. Yes, we should label criminals like this who selfishly care about themselves and no one else.
If the state monitors sex offenders and plasters their images all over the internet, why can't they post this "outstanding" citizen's image on a website?
It would be great to see just who all of these model citizens are and just what they are capable of doing. Now, I don't mean that we should register EVERY criminal -- but the ones who have been found guilty of FELONIES should be easily identifiable. Maybe it would prevent individuals from committing their crimes again?
Of course, I doubt it.
Now, I know that there are issues in which people won't be able to get housing and jobs and probably cause them to sink even lower in the criminal underworld. However, utterly wicked perps like this punk aren't working anyway. They perpetually live off of the welfare of others (including what they have STOLEN).
I was watching a news report one morning about two years ago and saw the police serve a warrant at a two bedroom apartment in Richmond. They opened it up and found both bedrooms literally filled to the ceiling with fancy bicycles.
The "resident" of the apartment was an illegal immigrant with a long criminal history. He had been deported twice...but arrested several times after that. I had to wonder how on Earth this guy has fallen through the cracks and was allowed to punish individuals for so long?
As a Mexican-American woman (and a legal immigrant), I am embarrassed at the crime rates that are becoming increasingly stereotypical of the demographic that is my ethnicity. I know that it isn't "politically correct" to point this out, but there is something gravely wrong when my ethnic demographic is increasingly committing a large percentage of the crimes in this country. It reflects poorly upon the rest of us who respect our fellow citizens as we are all forced to endure the negative stereotype that a growing percentage of wicked people reinforce.
Somewhere, I hope that this man is sitting in a jail cell embarrassed about what he has done. Unfortunately, something tells me that he is only embarrassed that he was caught.