Hoag and "Smart Alec"
ar- Hoag apparently worked In concert with his wife, a prostitute named Melin- da. Their activities ranged from simple pocket-picking to wherein Melmda would lure me "marc into a room with a secret sliding panel. while the mark was witn Melinda, Hoag would enter through the panel and steal the mark's wanet, watch, etc., from his clothes, Hoag would then exit the roonii come around t0 the doot. and pretend to be Melinda.s lrate husband returning un- expectedly Tne resuiting ruckus gave ho mark nn t mp to notice that his possessions were missing. an elaborate ruse otherwise engaged as hp flwl fnr his Up