When the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office is waking me up long before my 10-month-old daughter usually wakes me up, it better be important.
I’m signed up for text-message alerts on my cellular telephone from the sheriff’s office for what I would hope would either be very important messages, or at least more time appropriate. So when I heard my cell phone beeping at 6 a.m. Monday morning, I knew there was something big going on.
I was wrong.
Here was the message sent out via the Nixle system (which other than today’s 6 a.m. wake up call is a very good service to the community):
Blue,1998, Pontiac, 2 door bearing New Mexico Registration LWF-633 stolen from Dinosaur Trail.
On Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 10:34 PM an unidentifed, Hispanic male took a blue in color, 1998, Pontiac, GS-6, 2 door, bearing New Mexico Registration LWF-633 from the Dinosaur Trail area. The victim had picked the suspect up hitch hiking and was giving him a ride. The suspect struck the victim in the head with an unopened can of beer and susbsequently fled the area with the vehicle. The victim sustained a laceration to his head and was treated at Christus Saint Vincent Regional Medical Center and released.
Anyone having knowledge of the where abouts of the vehicle is asked to contact the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office at 505-428-3720.
I’m sure this is very important to the person involved, but it’s hardly the only stolen car or assault case that has been investigated in the past few weeks around Santa Fe. Why wake up all those signed up for the text messaging service with this? I’m looking for Amber alerts, immediate public safety concerns or regular business-hour messages.
… can anyone tell the cranky crime writer didn’t get his required hours of beauty sleep last night?