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Tony’s story — Part #2

February 19, 2007

“I took everything I could get my hands on …”

TONY (written while he was in jail)
“See, when I was growing up [ages 5-7], we had what people call a soup line. Kids and parents were lined up for blocks and when I say blocks, I mean 10-12 blocks, literally. We had to have stamps for bread: 1/2 a stamp for a loaf and one stamp for so-called butter, which was really lard).

“Me and the crew would steal food from the navy to feed my family and crew. There was five kids in my crew: Pete (the milk man), Dave (the meat man), Jimmy (the pick pocket), Larry (the clothing man) and me, Tony. I didn’t have a specialty; I took everything I could get my hands on. If I could sell it, I took it.”

Another encounter with the police

November 7, 2006

“There’s been lots of burglaries along here [Roncesvalles]. The Korean fruit store at the corner lost all their cigarettes the other night. The cops came around to check things out. One of the cops who pretty much knows me found me standing inside another doorway and asked what I was doing there. I just told him I was staying out of the wind which was pretty cold. He wanted to know if I had any burglary tools which he anyway knew I didn’t and they all left me alone after that. Now they’re doing more patrols around here.”

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