Harry Robertson robbery 8 Oct 1947

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Harry Robertson robbery 8 Oct 1947 - Grocer Robbed Of$385AsHe Leaves Garage Harry...
Grocer Robbed Of$385AsHe Leaves Garage Harry Robertson Hold Up By Armed Bandit at His Home Waylaid by an firmed bandit at tin door of his gnrage, when he arrived at his home, 1211 Pine, at 11 p. m. Tuesday, Harry Robertson, Belief 1 slreet grocer, was robbed of his billfold containing about The hold-up man fled in the direction ot Pine street, and police found no trace of him In subse- <iuont. search of the area. Robertson said ho had been using a panel truck of the Roherl- son & McManus grocery. On driving into his gnrage, he gol out, and momentarily switched on the wage lights while closing one of the garage doors. Then he shirt, off the lights and started to close Ihe other door. Al this juncture, an armed man, who had been concealed In hack of the door, stepped out, and, at point of a pistol, ordered Robertson to hand over his purse. After taking his purse, lha ban- dii ordered him to hold out his right hand, R.obertson continued. The robber felt his hand, evidently! to determine if he were wearing a ring. Often Robertson wears B jeweled ring, but it so happened he had left it at home yesterday, and the bandit found his fingers bare. Robertson then asked his assailant to return lo him the cards and papers he carried in his bill- . ... „..„„.- ,., um ., fold, and in reply was told: "Oh, ' you'll probably find your billfold. Tell the police to look for it, they're good at finding things." As the. robber predicted, the billfold was later found, the papers it contains being undisturbed. Robertson had report made by telephone to the police of (he robbery, and policemen who subsequently searched in the vicinity of the garage found the billfold to the rear of the building. Robertson told police that in the darkness he got only an indistinct view of the hold-up man. It was the more difficult for him to see his assailant, he explained, because he just had turned off his garage lights when waylaid, and his eyes had not had time to rent-custom themselves to the ouldoor darkness in the brief interval taken to carry out the robbery. The robber, he said, seemed of medium height, and was wearing a hat and suit. to Before going home last evening, get Robertson said,-,he had attended a [ show at the-Uptown theater, and had driven a friend, Albert Rose, to his home at 2102.Stale, just before going to his own residence. Robertson last August completed his thirty-eighth year in the grocery business, the firm that he heads being one of the oldest food businesses in the cily. The aarage at his home, where the robbery took place, is well-known to hundreds of Upper Alton residents. For years, it has been used as a polls at both city and state elections, and Is the voting place for the first district of Seventh ward on the

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  1. Alton Evening Telegraph,
  2. 08 Oct 1947, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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