GUNLESS THUGS: New Orange County crime statistics show that crooks are getting bolder: They don’t even need a gun. Strong-arming, which can be physical assault or just ominous threats, has become the main robbery tactic here. Chief Deputy Dist. Atty. Maury Evans says it’s because street crimes are gaining on store robberies. . . . “In the last 10 years, this county has really become a metropolis,” he says. “More people live on the streets.”
Changing ways criminals commit robbery in Orange County.
1981 1990 Firearms 53% 36% Strong-arm 27% 38% Knives 15% 17% Others 5% 9%
Source: state attorney general’s office.