Dallas business robberies were up about 10 percent in 2007, and bank robberies remained at near-record levels, reports the Dallas Morning News. The Dallas FBI region ranked fourth last year in bank robberies, behind Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. Authorities cannot pinpoint an exact reason for the explosion of bank robberies in recent years. Said federal prosecutor Rick Calvert: “Age-wise, it ran the gamut from young to old.  Usually they are hooked on crack cocaine and methamphetamines. Most don’t stop at one bank. They have a habit, which requires money, and they think banks are easy money.”
Prosecutors also believe the huge growth in bank branches appears to be driving the increase, presenting irresistible opportunities for quick cash. Among businesses, “Part of the increase has been due to shoplifts and thefts turning into robberies,” said Lt. Edwin Ruiz Diaz. “Convenience stores are experiencing cigarette thefts, and at times the clerks confront the suspects and it turns into a robbery.” He cited “an increasing number of businesses that deal in cash only, which becomes attractive to would-be robbers.” These include a growing number of cellphone stores.