Lee Meeker and Aubrey Meeker saw their way out of Jail

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Dem today re No loan Trust for Era- Era- af M. on with! La past FOUR MEN SAW WAY OUT OF JAIL Lee and Aubrey Meeker and Elmer Boiarth Sentenced for Robbery at in to a Kirks-ville. L. 01- & Lee and Aubrey Meeker, Elmer Bo- Bo- zarth and Otho Lunsford, who were la the Adair County jail, sawed their way to freedom last Tuesday night. Ther first sawed out of their cells and then through the window. The Adair coun- coun- tl jail is known to be very substantial and Klrksville people were surprised to learn of the escape. The Meekers and Elmer Bozarth had been senten ced to the penitentiary for participation participation in robbery of stores, and Lunsford, Lunsford, who was awaiting trial on a charge of burglary and larcency. No trace of the jail breakers has been obtained although they may have been the ones who stole a new Ford 'automobile from A. N. Rogers, who lives two miles south of Klrksville on the Millard road. Sheriff Waddill does not believe the men would have gone that far to have procured a car. The Meeker boys live in Macon coun ty and it would have been possible for them to have been enroute home and decided to take the new car. The men were not missed until breakfast was served the prisoners, when one of the men said that four of the men were gone. There were 18 prisoners in the jail last night and breakfast was prepared for that many yesterday morning. After passing ia fourteen plates, one man stated that the others would not be needed as four of the men sawed out during the night. All four of the men had been locked locked in cells which were supposed to be strong enough to hold anyone as they are built of round bars a fraction over an inch through. The men had secured secured a piece of hack saw about three inches long, which was found on the outside window ledge next morning and with this they had sawed two of the bars out of i the cells. Each bar was about a foot long. The men, after sawing out of. the cell, which was oa the north side of the jail on the lower f floor, "went -around -around to the south win dow on the west side of the building where a former jail delivery had taken taken place, and here the task of sawing out was an easy one. The place had been repaired by bolting in iron pieces and the men sawed off the bolts and removing the bars made their escape. A petition has been circulated asking asking for the parole of the younger' Meeker boy, whose sentence had been commuted to the reform school on account account of his age, and the chances were he would have been , paroled. He will now be liable for a '(sentence in the pnitentiary for jail braking, if apprehended. The two Meeker boys and Bozarth had entered a plea of guilty to burglary burglary of stores in this county and Aubrey Meeker and Bozarth had beea sentenced to terms in the penitentiary. They were being held to see what action action they would take In regard to charges pending against the others for some of the robberies for which they had not been charged. Lunsford I was being held on charges of bur-j bur-j bur-j glary and larcency but had not enter-i enter-i enter-i ed a plea. No committment had beea j issued to take the men to the pen. according to the sheriff. The Rogers car was found yesterday yesterday by W. B. Wares and Albert Thomas, Thomas, just across the overhead bridge north of LaPlata a short distance from the Wares home. Mr. Rogers has been notified but on account of the rain will not get here until totnor- totnor- j row to identity the car. It is thought the men left the car to escape over the Santa Fe for a train was due here at about the hour that neighbors heard the car stop.

Clipped from La Plata Home Press04 Dec 1924, ThuPage 1

La Plata Home Press (La Plata, Missouri)04 Dec 1924, ThuPage 1
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