• By John Vander Werff
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Cove police are asking the public’s help in identifying a woman involved in the theft of a wallet from a shopping cart May 21 in the parking lot of H-E-B. located at 2990 E. Business U.S. Highway 190 in Copperas Cove.

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We all know about the rights of the accused in criminal cases. So much so that it’s a wonder the high court continues to require the reading of Miranda prior to questioning a criminal suspect. Nearly all of us, police background notwithstanding, can recite the Miranda warning verbatim.

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Big news, huh? Identity theft becoming a rising problem? Two years ago it was an emerging problem in our area, averaging about one each week. At the same time, identity theft was considerably more pronounced in bigger cities in Texas and across the nation.

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Someone opened the gate and let the thieves out! The vermin slithered out from under their rocks this week and wreaked havoc on the good citizens and merchants of Copperas Cove, stealing property not rightfully theirs before slithering back into the dank confines of their grimy lairs.

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Theft is by far the most common crime committed during the Yuletide season in almost every venue in the nation, if not the entire world. Thieves are, in my opinion, basically lazy and cowardly opportunists, lacking enthusiasm for legitimate employment and possessing the conscience of the low…

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It is not my intention to beat the proverbial horse to death, although I may come across that way when it comes to domestic violence. Because family violence is completely avoidable, it is my pet peeve. Better we should beat the proverbial horse than our spouse or other family member.

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Since the beginning of September, more than 35 assaults were reported to police in Copperas Cove, including 11 this week. Many more have gone unreported, for reasons known only to the assailant and victim.

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On July 3, in the Cove Herald, I wrote about five Coveites who were arrested for aggravated robbery following a criminal episode during which the five men robbed a 14-year-old Harker Heights boy of two pairs of Air Jordan basketball shoes and a cellphone he offered to sell on local social media.

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Why do people steal? The reasons are as plentiful as the number of people who commit this category of crime. I believe that very few people actually steal a lot, but a lot of people steal a little. Admittedly, there are a few people who have never stolen anything. I haven’t met many of them.

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They’re everywhere. Like big brother watching your every move, video cameras, or closed circuit video recorders as they‘re known in the industry, are positioned in nearly every venue of our lives from retail outlets to traffic lanes in busy intersections.

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Apparently unrepentant after being charged in the Sept. 24 aggravated robbery of the Texas Partners Credit Union Bank in Copperas Cove, a Cove man was arrested and jailed again July 28 on new charges of robbery and burglary of a habitation in Bell County, according to Bell County jail records.