When I was in a Buena Vista Park café recently, the locals were talking about how sad an arrest in the neighborhood had been. With a few questions, I found out that they were all worried about a mentally ill man they had been arrested for stealing. They were all sincerely worried about what would happen to him next and if he was doing OK.
However, when I read about this man in the local newspaper, I was sincerely disturbed that no one pointed out that this man might have a mental illness.
The man arrested in Buena Vista Park was a suspect in several thefts. It turns out he had over 60 PEZ candy dispensers on his person when he was arrested. All of them, the police figured out, had been stolen.
It seems clear to me that this man has more problems than being arrested. I sincerely hope like the neighbors in Buena Vista Park, that he gets the medical attention he needs instead of being shuffled into jail. After all, every neighborhood has an eccentric or two. As long as they aren’t also arsonists, everything tends to work out.
In the meantime, I encourage the neighbors that were concerned to write letters of concern on behalf of the PEZ thief to the Police Department.