Two robberies in Oak Park

The Jeep is beige, we know that much

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By Jim Bowman


Wed Jnl reports Jeep colors, not thief colors:

An unknown male in his 20s approached the victim, displayed a small pocket knife and demanded his wallet, police said. The offender then reached into the victim's pants pocket and removed a cellphone.

According to police, the offender jumped into a beige Jeep and fled westbound on Garfield Street. Loss was estimated at $200.

Point already made in percipient comments:

* Oakparkbob

Posted: September 20th, 2013 6:54 PM

The lesson is - be wary of people in beige Jeeps. Oops, that would be automobile profiling! Never mind!

* Violet Aura

Posted: September 20th, 2013 6:45 PM

@Matt: Unfortunately this is the WJ's misguided attempt to either assauge their White guilt or else avoid divulging the usual suspects' descriptions to prevent people from making racist (racial?) comments. I am beginning to think that they are toying with us, though. The getaway car was BEIGE. Gee, that was really helpful! The loose perp was unknown. That's it. Duh, I didn't think he was familiar!

And finally, the first comment, with percipient analysis:

MattCordtwist from Island Dweller

Posted: September 20th, 2013 6:18 PM

unknown male, late teens? sometimes we are given a hint of white gym shoes and blue jeans. why can't we say it be a white elderly female offender? there are countless black folk who don't commit crime & there are white folks that do rob folks. fact is most perps are from the other side of Austin from area of nearly 100% black. this isn't racial profile of any sort but statistics. Chicago police, sun-times, the trib have no prob saying it was a young black male descript. OP police know Public??

It's a matter of what the public has right to know and bad editorial decision-making.

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Jim Bowman from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: September 26th, 2013 5:17 PM

Violet, I agree. Was trying irony. Slap is right. Skin color is relevant. Quoted comments as making that point, didn't make my point clearly enough.

Violet Aura  

Posted: September 23rd, 2013 12:02 PM

What is the gist of this? That last line: public's right to know. Does the public have the right to know about armed robbers? Or is that a triviality? I wish you had written an actual article outlying your views. From where I sit, the public has the right to know every last detail of a perp, down to the color of his shoelaces. But if you are going to omit his skin color, then the color of his jeep is just a slap in our faces.

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