California robber returns cash


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From the article:

Watson says the weapon turned out to be a BB gun, which officers haven’t found.
Abbott was booked into jail on $50,000 bail.

I know he can’t go completely unpunished, but that amount of bail seems excessive. Shouldn’t there be some leniency in this case, given the circumstances? I know I’m working with very little information here but this guy hardly seems like a flight risk. Unless $50,000 is lenient. That would be pretty depressing.


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Not that I necessarily disagree with you here, but to play the devil’s advocate - he did say he wanted the cash to “leave town for a fresh start”. This demonstrates both the immediate drive to leave town, and the mindset that he can run away from his issues.

Yes I’m stretching it, and I can’t assume to know the nature of his issues. But I can understand flight risk there.


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If they haven’t found the BB gun, then they have only his word that it was actually a BB gun. And since he tried to rob people with it, they are not likely to consider him credible. The use of any gun makes it a violent crime. $50,000 is not unusual for this sort of thing.


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That’s a fair point–and I was making some pretty big assumptions without any evidence. The bail amount could have been based on several factors. I wonder what motivated his desire to “leave town for a fresh start”. Perhaps he was alluding to other problems that played a factor in his bail amount–although that’s even wilder speculation on my part.

And as @popobawa4u pointed out we really don’t know what kind of weapon he was carrying. So the court could be simply erring on the side of caution.


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This sort of thing happens a bit more frequently than you might think.


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Now wondering if anyone else out there, about to give themselves up for something, is all “Okaaay, naaah.”


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Ever been to Eureka? Small town.


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