by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
Resting in peace, remembering in peace, and visiting the deceased without being robbed are all gone out of the window when there are people who pick the pockets and cars of the mourning. On the twelfth of June, an 86-year-old woman was robbed at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery located in the Cheltenham Township of Philadelphia.
Around 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on that fated Sunday, 25-year-old Lauren Daniels and 30-year-old Candace Thomas “broke into” an unlocked vehicle according to police. NBC News reports that “the two women allegedly stole the woman’s Discover card and used it at several gas stations as well as three stores at the Cheltenham Mall, charging $700 in all.”
On July 18th, both women were discovered and arrested by authorities at an Olney residence in Philadelphia. According to NBC News, “Daniels was arraigned on $5,000 cash bail while Thomas was arraigned on $15,000 cash bail. Police say that similar thefts occurred in Cheltenham during the summer of 2010 in which the credit cards of people were stolen from their cars while they were visiting a grave. It’s unconfirmed whether or not Daniels and Thomas are connected to those incidents as well.”
Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.