We’ve been told that armed robbery isn’t a starter crime.
No one wakes up in the morning one day and decides to become an armed robber. It is a gradual process that requires some experience and desensitizing. Before a man will pick up a gun and threaten to kill people who have done him no harm in order to get their usually meager possessions he has to get comfortable with some things.
He has to get used to seeing others as objects for him to exploit. He has to accept he may be killed while robbing. He has to accept the felony conviction for Robbery will haunt him all his life. He has to accept he may need to kill a completely innocent person to get away with his crime.
This is a process that starts with stealing candy at the corner store as a child. It progresses through bigger property crimes that may also involve violence. But one day G gets tired of selling his stolen property for nothing and decides it would be better to steal cash. Cut out all that tiresome sales stuff.
Read the whole thing, it’s an eye opener
So how does that relate to our story for today?
He robbed a person of his wallet and cell phone.
Did he suddenly one morning out of a clear blue sky decide to quit being a law-abiding citizen and become an armed robber?
It starts small. The criminal decides that others only exist to provide what he wants. He steals when no one is looking, then gets more brazen, until one day he’s sticking a gun in the face of his victim and taking what he wants.
10 counts of felony theft from a vehicle and he didn’t even get a day in prison. Is it any wonder that we have so much crime if they won’t even punish big crimes like this?