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Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 9:52 pm | Updated: 7:00 am, Sat Oct 29, 2011.

A man made off with an unknown amount of cash after holding up the AutoZone on West Kettleman Lane on Friday night.

At approximately 8:30 p.m., Lodi police responded to a call at the AutoZone at 1300 W. Kettleman Lane where employees said they were held at gunpoint while a man took money from the store's safe before running out and heading east on Kettleman.

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6 comments:

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 5:23 pm on Mon, Oct 31, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Actually, the shoot-out would be much cooler and present a more cinematic effect, but I would hate to be the one to have to break the news to the families of the victims.

    The bottom line is that desperate people have no scruples. Someone will lose, and unfortunately the innocent victims are usually the ones that go down.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:42 pm on Sat, Oct 29, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Interesting perspective Ms Bobin... There are always exceptions to a rule. It is obvious that a bad guy with a gun will be less afraid to use a gun when the people who he wants to rob have no guns.

    It is also obvious that any robber may have second thoughts about robbing people who he knows have guns.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 3:58 pm on Sat, Oct 29, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    You really must be joking, right? That must be why John Hinckley decided to assassinate President Reagan - he obviously wanted to prove he could outshoot a dozen or more Secret Service Agents. In your example you are talking about people who have the abiltiy to think about what they are doing, correct, Mr. Baumbach? I think most robbers fall into the category of less than able thinkers.

    Texas is number 2 in robberies - CA is number 1, but the statistics I looked at do not distinguish between armed robbery and unarmed robbery.

    Good opportunity for you to move to Texas, though. Have you given that a thought considering your obvious propensity for the pro-gun movement?

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 11:45 am on Sat, Oct 29, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms Bobin stated...The obvious result of your thoughts probably would have been a good, old-fashioned "shoot-out" since the robber was also armed.

    I can understand Ms Bobin's perception because of her lack of experience. However, when living in a state where it is common knowledge that store employees are trained and experienced in firearms and can hit the target that they aim at, it is less likely for a thief to enter such a store unless they had a death wish. Imagine 4 employees armed pointing their weapons at one lone thief... I think the shootout you referred to would most likely be prevented. Wouldn't you think?

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 11:10 am on Sat, Oct 29, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Good idea, Mr. Baumbach. The obvious result of your thoughts probably would have been a good, old-fashioned "shoot-out" since the robber was also armed.

    If I were the police I would be looking at the store employees and their "stock" description of a "black male." This Auto Zone usually has no more than 3 employees on duty at one time, and I can imagine that at 8:30PM on a Friday there were no more than 2. Perfect scenario for an inside job. And since when do employees of a retail store have access to the "safe?"

    For an extremely busy intersection, especially with Flame Liquors across the street, and IHOP which, from the story the perpetrator had to run past, it seems strange that there were no witnesses to a black male running from the scene in a black beanie and paint mask.

    I wonder which employee will crack first.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:20 am on Sat, Oct 29, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    I wonder if this man would have robbed this store if it were located in Texas. There, it is possible that the employees of the store would have pulled their “guns” out and requested this gentleman to wait outside for the police to escort him to jail...In California, no fear factor.

     
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