Welcome back to another exciting installment of This Week in Starbucks Crime, in which we catalog the bad acts occurring at Starbucks' 16,000-odd worldwide locations over the past seven days, as well as the week's fallout from prior Starbucks-related misdeeds. This week, we do our best to help Portland's finest nab a crook, and pay a visit to a murder trial in Michigan. Let's get to it!
We begin this week in beautiful northeast Portland, where on August 7, a man walked up to a Starbucks serving window on the 1500 block of Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and, with either his finger or a gun pointed through his jacket, demanded cash. The worker gave the man, who is white, about 5'7", and skinny, an unspecified amount of money, and the bad guy then left the scene with the bounty.
The always-intrepid Crime Stoppers are now offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the man's capture, which, we're willing to bet, is more than he was rewarded for sticking up the coffee shop. Anyway, here is the picture that has been released of the alleged robber. If you recognize him, this is your opportunity to do well while simultaneously taking a bite out of crime!
Next, we travel to Troy, Michigan, where a trial ended Thursday in the first-degree murder conviction of Hayes Bacall, 51, owner of Dexter Cash Checking, who testified that his nephew, Saif Jameel, had at a 2007 family wedding asked him for a $50,000 loan to erect a building in Troy that would house a Starbucks. Bacall lent his nephew the money, and then some more money, and then some more. Finally, he was owed $400,000, had taken out lines of credit on both his house and his check cashery, and, sometime last year, stopped receiving payments from Jameel, 33.
On July 2, 2010, Bacall drove to Jameel's BP gas station, also in Troy, to confront him about the outstanding debt in his small gas-station office. Bacall arrived with a concealed, loaded handgun, which, when things grew heated, he used to shoot Jameel 10 times, killing him dead.
Bacall claimed it was self-defense, but the prosecutor hammered home the point that he'd come to the office with a concealed, loaded handgun, and so had a plan for how things would end. The jury sided with the prosecutor, and Bacall will spend the rest of his days in prison.
That's it for this week. Until next time, remember, robbing people and not paying your debts are both bad, and so is killing people.