Well these two guys are apparantly not reacting to the economy, they've got priors. But you are right, I read where bank robberies are up and so are other theft crimes. It's a shame really, but you know, I can remember hearing stories from my parents about the Great Depression where men stole because they had no other way to feed their families, no jobs, nothing. I can understand stealing to feed your family if you are that desperate. It's not right, but I understand it. What pisses me off the most, is that they didn't steal a loaf of bread to feed a hungry kid at home or steal a tv or jewelry that isn't necessary for someone to use for work, they stole someone's livlihood. They took away the ability of my husband to WORK because they don't want too and they more than likely bought crack. This is a choice they made a while ago apparantly. THe hubby's old boss knows the one guy (not as a friend, but by reputation and history) and he's never really had a job, has a history of theft and drug use and drug sales, etc. He hangs out on the street corner (obviously as he was SO easy to find) all day and panhandles if he can and apparantly steals when he can't.