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Sign of the times?

Submitted by on 1, July 24, 2009 – 5:50 amNo Comment

From the you-know-it’s-getting-bad-when department: The Journal’s Peter Hegarty reported Thursday that Alameda police have caught a suspect in the June 30 robbery of the Bank of America on Park Street. His reason for allegedly committing the crime? He was hungry and he desperately needed money.

Alameda police arrested Adaski Joseph, 19, Wednesday in a converted garage in East Oakland, Hegarty reported. He is a 2007 graduate of Alameda High School.

“Unfortunately, he’s a young kid who was having some hard luck,” Alameda police detective Hank Morten told the Journal. “He told us that he was extremely hungry and desperate.”

I’m going to take this opportunity to point out some resources for folks who need help, like the Alameda Food Bank (523-5850) and Alameda Family Services (629-6300), which I just recently learned has the only teen homeless shelter in the county.

If you’re not sure where to call for what you need, dial 211, the county’s all-purpose social services operator.

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