More danger and excitement in Aberdeen—according to the Aberdeen Police Department and a smattering of Facebook friends, an armed robber hit the Deuces Wild/Grande Casino building (I think the e is silent) at 12:06 p.m. today. In multiple signs of a lack of planning, the crook fled in broad daylight on foot (you’ve got to have wheels to put distance between you and the scene of the crime and force the police to spread their search resources) dropping money on the street as he went (bring a bag, preferably a snug backpack to keep both hands free, stuff it with cash, then zip it up so you aren’t leaving a trail bread crumbs).
Local motorcyclist Matthew Spencer reported the crime immediately on Facebook and appears to have helped police track the robber. Aberdeen PD established a perimeter around the neighborhood within minutes. By 12:22, they had apprehended 38-year-old Jesus Antonio Aguilera Rivera in a garage two blocks up and two over, in the 1100 block of Southeast Third Avenue. No shots were fired.
I’d buzz down to the Brown County Jail to get a mugshot of the suspect, but a couple weeks ago, the Brown County Commission voted to increase the cost of newly public mugshots from the already unreasonable $8 to $10, not because of any actual cost of providing the mugshots, but just because they want “a more even number” and want to claw back some of the money they pay the newspaper for publishing legal notices. My Libertarian friends mistakenly claim that taxation is theft. Tacking two bucks onto a fee for a public document—now that’s theft!