Is this Detroit McDonald's holdup the chillest robbery ever?

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Far be it from us to speak in defense of crime. We condemn all who victimize others, from the low-down chiseler to the white-collar grafter. It's important to put that right up front, lest this blog post be misunderstood.

Because, reviewing footage of a robbery that took place on the evening of Jan. 7, at a McDonald's Restaurant at 9815 Grand River Ave., we've got to say, some criminals are more orderly than others.

Watch this 1-minute clip. It's from "Project Green Light," an innovative program that's only a year old. It involves the cameras set up at local businesses to stream live video into the Detroit Police Department. What you'll see is a robbery that is so calm, so orderly, that it was all over before the police could get there.

The video has already gotten 150 comments, at least a few of them about how the gunman doesn't seem all that rushed. The police department's Facebook moderator pointed out the crime took only 3 minutes to commit, and that police were on the scene in 6 minutes. The gunman made off with $400 — and what looks like plenty of food.

Now, not to minimize the shock and fear involved in being forced into the back of a restaurant at gunpoint, but if we had to take our pick between this suspect and some pop-eyed, sweating, screaming guy blasting his pistol in the air, we'd take the chill robber every time. Check it out, dude doesn't hardly even run: He just fast walks around the place, and breaks into a little lope at the end.

All that said, he still broke the law. Which means if you have any information on him, you should call DPD at 313-596-5240. They have a special chill-out room reserved just for him.

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Michael Jackman

Born in 1969 at Mount Carmel hospital in Detroit, Jackman grew up just 100 yards from the Detroit city line in east Dearborn. Jackman has attended New York University, the School of Visual Arts, Northwestern University and Wayne State University, though he never got a degree. He has worked as a bar back, busboy,...
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