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Robbed Houses In Open Day

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Parent Issue
Day
1
Month
August
Year
1902
Copyright
Public Domain
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Burglars ssvooped down upon this city Friday and between the hours of 2:30 and 5 o'clock in tlie afternoon got away with between 300 and $400 worth of property. Tlie goods taken were alinost altogether made up of jewelry and only of the gold variety, showing that the burglars were professionals. The men were arrested in Detroit Saturday while trying to dispose of part of tbe stolen property. Detroit detectives took them into custody and immediately notifled the cheriff's office here of the arrests. Sheriff John Gillen and Deputy Sheriff Fred Gillen hurriedly left for Detroit to bring the prisoners to this city. The houses robbed by the burglars were those of 'Mayor Copeland, the Misses Emma and Coral Alexander, G00 Lawrence street; J. A. Brown, 223 E. Washington street, and John Finnigan, 50 E. Kingsley street. Attempts were made by the burglars to enter the house of Miss Amelia Breed, 317 E. Ann street, that of James F. Quinlan, 41!." X. Main, and an unoccupied house on E. Ann street, but at these places the fellows were frlghtenetl away before they could get in thelr work. Probably J. A. Brown, the grocer, was more heavily robbed than the other persons whose houses virere entered. His loss is egtimated at between .".") and $100. The property stolen was all jewelry beionglng to the female members with the exception of a banjo, which the burglars also carried away. At the Alexander house the robbers took a gold watch belonging to Miss Emma Alexander, a teacher in the Jones school and some small pieces of jewelry. At the home of Mr. 'Finnigan they made freo with his dress suit case and took some other gmall valuables which they probably concluded could be readily turned into money. When Mayor Copeland's 'house was reached, the crimináis rifled Mrs. Copeland's jewclry 'case, but fortnnateSj she had taken much of her jewehry with her when she left for her summei outing a few weeks ngo. The few trinkets, however, that she had left in the case, the burglars apppoprlated. ïhey even carrled off the Mayor'a fraternity pin, one of his most cherishetí possessions. The pin, however, was recovered later, the burglars having dropped it on the street, near the mayor's house, iu their fllght. When one of the burglars reached the house of Miss Amelia Breed, he went to the rear door and rapped heavily. In a moment or two the sound of breaking glass attracted the attention of a lady who was in her yard near by. "What are you doing there?" she asked the fellow. "Oh," he replied, "I wished to see the lady of the house. I have broken the wiudow in rapping on it, but I will pay for the damage." The woman addressed left to telephone for the pólice. When she returned the fellow had skfpped. As soon as the sheriff's office and poice department were notified that Diirglars were at work Deputy Sheriffs Pred Gillen and Orton Keisey and several patrolmen went in search of the men. The city was scoured from one end to the other, but no trace of the fellows could be found. They had taken a hásty exit. The next move on the part of Deputy Sheriffs Gillen and Kelsey was to get a description of sonie of the stolen This, for the purpose of tendiog it to near by eities and towns, so that the fellows might be caught when trying to dispose of their swag outslde of Ann Arbor. The description of Mr. Brown's property that had been stolen was accuratey taken and immediately sent tö the pólice departments at Detroit, Toledo and other cities. The result -was the arrest of the btrrglara in Detroit Satunlay. The burglaries are the boldest ever attempted in this city, considermg tliat the crimináis went about their work in open day light and ia the very heart of the city.