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WHAT was he thinking?

Good evening, Netizens...

Far be it from me to speculate too loosely over such an event but the story that appears in today's SR, about the man who robbed the Shell gas station at Third and Maple and then calmly waited outside for the police to come arrest him might have had ulterior motives involved. Some of my wilder speculations might be:

He took several hundred dollars from the clerk so he could make his truck payment on time. Of course, the police seized his truck after arresting him as well as the money he had stolen.

He was chronically depressed over the loss of his house to an earlier foreclosure by the bank which only recently has changed many of their policies about flexible-rate mortgages, but too late to help him.

Due to unemployment in the Spokane region, which came just before the holidays, he was out of food and money. Free meals at the County Jail seemed like such a logical alternative to staying at a homeless shelter.

He forgot to take his medication for long-term mental illness. All of the business involving the rifle, the money and the free ride to jail was a hallucination.


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