Anderson Herald - Safe Cracking Ring -New Castle

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6/20/1958 - Safe-Cracking Ring Bared New Castle authorities...
Safe-Cracking Ring Bared New Castle authorities held eight men and sought another last night in a safe-stealing burglary ring, which made forays into at least 14 counties, including Madison Madison County, and got $50,000 in loot in the last six months. The eight were being held in Henry and Tipton County jails, and the ninth member of the gang, James E. Blackburn, 37, was being sought in Kentucky, Detective Sergeant Charles Epperson, Epperson, ^ of the Pendleton State Police Post, said. Among the '25 to 30 safes hit were four in Madison County. The gang came away empty-handed In three of" the four robberies. ; 0pen safes were raided at the Markle Lumber Co., in Markleville; Markleville; the Pendleton Farm Bureau Co-Op, and the Emporla Elevator, Elevator, without picking up a dime. An undisclosed amount of cash was obtained from a safe at the' Markleville Elevator. The nine safe-crackers -concentrated -concentrated on rural grain elevators and farm supply stores, usually hauling the safe away to break it along country roads Breakup of the ring was stepped up last night when red smears that were found on many abandoned 'safes were matched with the red paint on a red and white 1955 Oldsmobile used in the robberies. For the last week Tipton County Sheriff Paul Grimme had been working on the case. In Windfall last Thursday, June 12, two of the safe-crackers were identified as they fled with $150 from the Sherman Bellinger B r o t h e r s Store there. Tipton and Henry County sheriffs men, state police, and New Castle police then began the roundup which led to the cap- Township Plans Major Project A $250,000 school building program, program, which may include a major addition at Madison Heights High School, has reached the planning ,-jtage in Anderson Township, John '*A. Boohe,. township trustee, has announced. · ; The ial School Construction Fund. Van Buren Township has received a similar grant. The loans are available at a very low rate of interest. In order to be eligible for the loan the Township must have' its ture of eight New Castle men last night. Involved are three sets of brothers: brothers: Cecil, 32, and Joseph Bell, 35j Jackie, 23 and Gail Duncan, 21; William K. Blackburn, 27, and James Blackburn, who is. still at large. Others arrested were: William E. Catron, 26; Roy L. Manis, 25, and Kenneth Burnett, Burnett, 31. Members of the gang have admitted admitted more than 25 safe robberies robberies and officials expect to link them with 10 or 15 more before the investigation is completed. Det. Sgt. Epperson explained that the gang split up to carry out many of its jobs. The men carried out an 800-pound safe from the Lewisville Elevator on U. S. 40, took $900 from a junkyard junkyard office in .Connersville, $400 from the Strawn Elevator on U. S. 40, 'just $16 from the. Modoc School on U. S. 36, and $600 from the Modoc Elevator. They carried off a 1,200-pound safe from an elevator near Lafayette, Lafayette, but found only $120; realized realized $500 from the Economy Elevator; Elevator; $100 from International Harvester in Hartford City; $150 from. Bellinger Brothers in Wind- Atlanta Elevator, and elevators near Fairmount/. Marion, anc Oakville. Law enforce m e n t officials! working on the case were: State Police Epperson, and Det. Sgt. Filmore Davis, and'Trooper Jack Jarrett; New Castle police, Tipton Tipton C o u n t y Sheriff Henry County Sheriff Robert Padgent, Hamilton County Sheriff Sheriff Ronald Guilkey, and other state police from the Pendleton and Connersville posts under the direction of Capt. Lloyd Hickerson Hickerson and Lt. Robert F. Dillon. fall; $500 from the Blountsville Elevator safe, and $600 from an elevator safe near Peru. Other safes hit were at the Top Hat Tavern in New Castle; Naco Distributing Co., in Muncie; January Raid Cases Quashed In City Court In City Court Wednesday at City Hall, with Judge Carl T. Smith presiding, five cases filed as a result of a Jan. 3 gaming raid were disposed of by sustaining sustaining motion to quash varied actions. The defendant's listed were Arlie C. Bush, 27 W. 4th St., for visiting a gaming house (Meridian Billiards at 1407 Meridian Meridian St.) motion sustained to quash affidavit and surrender evidence, and for return of articles. articles. - . Fred Willhoite, Elwood, visiting visiting gaming house. Motion sustained, of

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  2. 20 Jun 1958, Fri,
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