A plus of having a recent arrest of a Bloods leader and now a guy connected to the Gambino fed sweep in Cranford is the fact that people are shocked.

Cranford isn’t Bensonhurst or South Philly – and nobody thinks it is either. But the reasons why we like it are the same reasons why they do – it’s quiet, reasonably safe, and convenient to lots of things.

Statistically, Cranford has to have its share of shady characters. (They have to live somewhere.) But at least ours don’t have the lavish (and often garish) taste that the criminal class has been stereotyped with and as a result, our crooks tend to blend in a little better, making it more surprising when they are forced to do the perp walk.