Press enter after choosing selection

Grain Thieves Cleverly Caught

Grain Thieves Cleverly Caught image
Parent Issue
Public Domain
OCR Text

For a number of months past the armers of this section have been annoyed by thieves who have been stealing their wheat or other grain and escaping without detection. On Tuesday night fifty bushels of wheat were stolen from Thomas F. Smurthwaite, of Pittsfield'. Sheriff Brenner and Deputy Sheriff Peterson at once took up the case, looked at the tracks, left through the wheat field one of which tracks were made by a boot with twelve nails. Putting some other clews together, anc armed with a search1 warrant, the' found the wheat in the barn of Mar tin Keppler of Pittsfield. The track with twelve nails fitt√ęd the boot o William Keppler, Martin's son. A1 first the Kepplers denied their guilt, but when confronted with the teil tale track, weakened and confessed. Three arrests were made from this family: Martin Keppler, charged with receiving stolen property, William Keppler, charged with larceny, and Martin Keppler, Jr., a younger son, charged with secreting stolen property. Two other arrests were made: David and William Baumgartner of this city, one of whom lives on Kellogg Street and the other on the Hamilton addition. They were charged with the larceny of the wheat. The two Baumgartners and William Keppler had an active hand in the stealing. All five prisoners plead guilty, Thursday. The Baumgartners had been suspected by the officers of being engaged in the grain stealing business, but no proofs could be obtained against them. Since their arrest enough has been gathered from their confessions to convince the officers that they got the gang which has been doing most of this sort of stealing ia this section.


Ann Arbor Argus
Old News