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A Grinch Dressed in Drag Tries to Rob the Metrowest Walmart

November 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

A weirdo grinch dressed in drag wearing a white dress with a floral pattern and a gray wig reportedly fired two shots at the Kirkman Road Walmart near Metrowest today in an apparent attempt to the rob the money center leaving holiday shoppers scrambling for cover. I’m just glad no one got hurt. The store was closed temporarily while authorities investigated the scene.

This place was also robbed in September of 2007. No matter how hard they try, it is getting harder for Metrowest residents to shake the crime ridden image it’s earned through the years. Metrowest is a wonderful community, but there’s got to be something done about the crime.

Now I know why so many neighborhoods fight proposals for new Walmarts.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kevin Sandridge // Nov 30, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Hojin, this story is just amazing. For what it’s worth – we had several violent crimes happen in our area of Winter Haven back during the first part of the year. Our community stayed strong, stayed vigilant, and it was one of our neighbors who actually spotted the person – who was eventually arrested for the crimes. Interestingly enough, the guy was spotted at our local Super Wal-Mart!

  • 2 Craig Bryant // Jan 8, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    MetroWest was developed in the late 1980’s. It was a beautiful upscale neighborhood until 2005/2006. I don’t like the WalMart on Kirkman, but that opened several years before MetroWest turned into a ghetto. The real problem was that all the professionally-managed upscale apartment communities converted to condos in 2005 & 2006. These condo conversions were sold to out-of-town investors (mostly Hispanic real estate investors from south Florida). Those investors found they couldn’t resell their over-priced condo units for a profit so they rented to ANYONE without requiring references or background checks. Most of the renters moved in from ghetto Pine Hills and Parramore. The out-of-town investors are walking away and defaulting on their mortgages. Some communities (The Fountains, The Hamptons, The Madison, and Serenata, and others) have upwards of 75% of the units in some stage of foreclosure or pre-forclosure. For the few owners who are actually paying their mortgages, they are getting socked with severely increased HOA fees to cover all the foreclosures who aren’t paying their HOA fees. On top of that, the HOAs are cash strapped and cutting back severely on maintenance and landscaping. I don’t see any hope for MetroWest. It’s turned into a ghetto neighborhood, just like Rosemont did during the early 1990’s recession….Rosemont never recovered and neither will MetroWest. It’s really too bad but this is another case where the Fair Housing laws have totally decimated what was once a beautiful upscale yuppy neighborhood.