9/14/1916 Robbery Loot found
DAILY OOygTITUTIOa STOLEN RON BANK BIG PART Of ROBBERS' LOOT IN SAFETY DEPOSIT BOX Five Years Ago $271,OOO Was Stolen From Bank of Montreal—A n Ar. rest and Recovery in Tor. onto Yesterday. the his before) 7th. Margaret Toronto, Ontario, Sept. 14. Five* a years ago today the New Westminister Westminister branch of the Bank of Montreal was held up by four masked bandits, who late at night surrounded the office, office, and after gagging and binding the night watchman blew open the vault and fled with $271,000 InJ>ank currency. The robbery created a sensation throughout Canada and the United States, and for the two years following ihe police of both countries kept a close watch upon various suspected persons.' But notwithstanding the dragnet which wa's thrown over the continent less than 10 per cent of the stolen money was recovered, and beyond the arrest of the famous British Columbia Columbia outlaw and two Chicago men, who were apprehended in Toronto with a part of the money, the identity of the robbers remained a mystery. Withiir a day of the fifth anniversary anniversary of the now famous robbery the Toronto police have succeeded in apprehending apprehending a Chicagoan. who, it is believed, will provide the evidence which will lead in clearing up the mystery and catching the robbers still at large. He was caught this afternoon in the safety deposit vault of the Bank of Toronto while making arrangements to pry open a box'which was later foutfd to contain $160,000' in Bank of Montreal notes taken from the plundered branch office in New Westminister. When taken to police headquarters up th ten today, Haw. of. con- past re While Holland made High Sauer 6 ns. you dictionaries He said worker and had been out of work. A few days ago he met a man named Martin H. Flannigan of Chicago, who had requested him to come to Toronto Toronto and bring back to the Western metropolis metropolis the contents of the safety dec posit box. Shortall said that in aa interview he had .with Flannigan in Chicago the latter offered him the sum of $5 a day while he came to Canada to get the contents of the box. A number of x letters which had been received by the Bank of Toron to officials from Flannigan in Chicago bore out part of the statement made by Shortall to the police. The letters to the -bank stated that Flannigan was sending Shortall as his agent to get the various valuable papers and debentures in the deposit box. Flannigan Flannigan also said that h» had lost the Jcey of- the box and ia one letter io: closed a postoffice note 'for $10 to bear the expense of forcing the lock. Becoming suspicious, the bank officials officials turned the various letters over to the police with a request that the> try and discover who Flannigan might be. A search of the police rec ords showed that the man had come to Canada in the summer of 1912 and had been arrested on a charge of tinging stolen money into Canada Subsequently he was tried for the of. fense, but in the absence of concrete evidence he was discharged by the trial judge. The police said last night that the affair would now be reopened reopened and if possible an attempt •would be made to extricate Flanni Ean to face a new charge of' having stolen money in his possession. Believing that the deposit box. which had been kept locked four years would contain valuable evidence evidence in connection with the bank robbery, the police arranged to be present when Shortall came to recov. er the contents of the box. This morning a message was received from the bank officials saying that a letter >earing Flannigan's signature had been received saying that Shortall would arrive today to empty the box. detectives kept guard in the counting -pom from the opening of the office. Shortly before the closing hour Shor. all arrived and, presenting a letter 'rom Flannigan, asked that the box be opened. Just as the lock was i.bout shattered the two detectives ushed upon Shortall and overpowered overpowered him. The box lock was then forced forced and the compartment was found to be stuffed full of the Bank of Montreal Montreal notes.