Friday, October 9, 2009

Record finally falls

No, this has nothing to do with Nebraska's furious comeback against the Missouri Tigers last night (or was it this morning? I can't remember). Rather, the title of this post reflects the fact that the record for the most arrests of a single person by the Lincoln Police Department has fallen this week.

On Sunday, Kevin went into a downtown Lincoln store and allegedly pocketed a pair of sunglasses valued at $20.99. He was cited for shoplifting, marking his 652nd arrest, and pulling into a tie with the previous record-holder, Eddie the departed.

On Tuesday, Kevin was arrested for trespassing after he was found intoxicated in the hallway of an apartment building with a prominent "No Trespassing" sign posted at the entrance. At 46 years of age, there a fair chance he will put the mark considerably further up the pole.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

do the crimes have to be felonies to qualify this person ( can't call him a man) for habitual offender, with a long sentence to get him off the streets and out of everyone's hair? It's really sad, but sounds like nothing is going to reform him.

Herb said...

And his Momma said he'd never amount to much...

Tom Casady said...

6:41-

Yes, they must be felonies. He's had plenty of those convictions over the years, though. If you follow the link to the original story, you will see that he's had some awfully serious felony convictions, and has spent about a third of his life in jail or prison--including most of 2008.

Anonymous said...

Is he young enough to eventually make it an even 700? 652 just seems like unfinished business.

Anonymous said...

So how much has this waste of oxygen cost the tax-payers throughout his life? Or do I even want to know?

Anonymous said...

When you sit down and actually think about it, rather than comment "waste of oxygen" etc., do you think that Kevin actually enjoys his life as it is now?

I for one, don't think that any of the transient crowd does. They need major, major help.

But, many have been the way they are for so long, that it's all they know. Similar to criminals who spend X amount of years in prison and can't adjust to life on the "outside".

Charity said...

After reading this and the other - all I can say is "Wow".

IMO, it really shows the need to deal with addiction before it gets to this stage.

It also reminds me of Otis (I think that was his name) in Mayberry - well, except for the violent assaults of course. :-(

Anonymous said...

Have you ever seen a corelation between the number of folks like Kevin that are present today and individuals like him in the past?

Is society today causing more Kevins? Or are we oblivious of problems like this in the past?

How many Kevins were around when you started policing back in the early 70's?

Anonymous said...

By the grace of god it could be you my parents said, and we knew we were given this understanding.

Tom Casady said...

1:21-
I don't think it's changed much. Officers of my era will be able to fill in the last names of these circa-1970's denizens of the City Jail:

Johnny________
Dickie________
Joe___________
Eldon_________
Victor________
Leo___________

Anonymous said...

I'll definitely stay clear of those names when naming my kids. ;)

*joking*

Anonymous said...

I can fill in the blanks on most of those names. My favorite that's not on the list was Walt C. the garbage hauler. Also deceased unfortunately, but clearly a contender.My first ever arrest. RIP

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Anonymous said...

To 1124. I have to disagree. There are plenty of "transients" at the mission who are doing well for themselves once they make a decision to help themselves.
You can't help someone who doesn't want to get help for themselves.
Part of the problem is that there are so many benefits that these people get that it is sometimes easier to stay on the road they are on.
Some tranients(the ones under the bridges drinking) would prefer to be lazy and accept handouts.
I once stopped for a transient by the street holding a sign and offered to give him employment for some jobs I needed done around my farm. He declined. He would have rather stood there for 6 hours and made money from handouts. National media has done reports on this type of thing in the past.
You can't help the ones that don't want it. Maybe if we didn't give them so many perks then things would change.

Tom Casady said...

256-

Leaving Walter__________ off that list was a terrible oversight!

Anonymous said...

Chief, the February 2008 post notes: "Kevin has been sentenced to 5,086 days in prison or jail since he landed in Lincoln in 1989. That's 14 years. He's also been fined $31,576. I doubt if he paid any of those fines, rather he sat them out in jail at $60 or so a day--another year and a half."

Could we get an update on the total number of days in jail, the total fines, and the daily cost of housing an inmate?

Anonymous said...

Better

Trevor Brass said...

Free food, shelter (from weather), a little entertainment, and maybe some basic health care ... it's lots more than many in this world have.

Trevor Brass said...

Free food, shelter (from weather), a little entertainment, and maybe some basic health care ... it's lots more than many in this world have.

Anonymous said...

At least Walter had a job.

Steve said...

What did Walter do, use his job on the garbage route to case the neighborhoods for easy burglary targets?

Anonymous said...

How far is Levi behind Kevin on the list?