Harry Robertson 7 Apr 1930

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Harry Robertson 7 Apr 1930 - Masked Pair Steals $300 In Holdup E in by as as...
Masked Pair Steals $300 In Holdup E in by as as No Force Harry E. Robertson To Turn Over Store Receipts Second Theft Solved Arrest of Negro Leads to Recovery of Loot the the up to for Europe. be The grocery store of Harry E. Robertson at 718 Belle street was held up at 5:50 p. in., Saturday by two masked men who escaped with between $300 and $400. Robertson was .alone in the store at time the bandits entered, his clerks having gone out for supper. He was reading a newspaper at the rear of the store, he told police, and did not notice the intruders until one nearcd ,he chair where he was sitting. Glancing over the'top of the news- >aper, Robertson found himself look- ng into the business end of a revolver In the hands of a man who was demanding that he turn over -his money. Rob Proprietor. Warning him to move quietly, the two intruders forced Robertson to open the cash register and place •he day's receipts in the coat pocket of one of the bandits. They then forced him to disgorge about $30 in cash that he happened to be carrying on his person. Even pennies from the register were demanded by the robber pair and they made a clean sweep of all money in the store. With further warnings, to Robertson to make no outcry, the bandits then slipped out the front door of the store. It was some moments before Robertson regained his composure, summoned neighbors and called the police. Officers, unable to find anyone who had seen the- robbers leave the store, or who could inform them whether they fled on foot or in a car, started a general search. Roads leaving out of the city were patrolled, the ^highway bridge watched, but the effort was fruitless.- Bandits Young Men. Robertson told the police that the two men seemed to be of about 25 years of age, and that both wore small, light masks that concealed their eyes and a part of their faces. It was not Robertson's first experience with bandits, although it was the first hold up at his Belle street store where he has been in business more than 20 years. Two years ago last summer, he was held up by automobile bandits near Canal when on his way home from St. Louis, the incident occurring Just a few days before Paul Budde was slain at Canal bridge in a hold up. The stick-up at Robertson's store was one of two grocery store robberies Saturday night. Early Sunday morning it was discovered that the East End grocery of Theodore Caires at 112 Illinois avenue had been entered during the night and 16,000 cigarettes, 32 pounds of butter and some ham taken. Loot Recovered. The East End robbery was virtually cleared up Sunday evening with arrest of one negro, the detention of a second as a material witness, and recovery of nearly half the stolen cigarettes. Mo,, of I of look- to our see the the the to na ' During the police investigation, Sunday, it was learned that a negro had offered some cigarettes for sale. Patrolman Harvey Mourning, donning plain clothes after his day's work, lay in wait near the railroad tracks at East End Place Sunday evening, and about 8 o'clock was rewarded by surprising a negro who was moving towards town along the tracks carrying a bulging sack, Putting the negro under arrest. Mourning found the sack contained cigarettes. Capture Negro. Mourning with Police Sergeant Miller then closed In on the negro reported to have offered cigarettes for sale earlier In the day and who was found in an East End restaurant. The negro with the sack of cigarettes, Police Chief Fitzgerald said to- ay, claimed to have been given them or delivery to a third person, and 111 be used as a witness in the case. Later today, the negro arrested as he principal in the robbery and who ave his name as Leroy Owens made dmissions entirely clearing up the ase, Chief Fitzgerald said. A»cd Man Killed By Motorcycle

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  1. Alton Evening Telegraph,
  2. 07 Apr 1930, Mon,
  3. Page 1

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