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 - Activity of Boy Robbers Uncovered in Police...
Activity of Boy Robbers Uncovered in Police Probe Activities of a gang of boy thieves with a 10 - year - oJd leader, covering several months and including more than a score of petty pilferings, were uncovered by Woodland police today. Depredations of the youthful rob - ibers reached their culmination Wed nesday night when heir leader was caught in the act of attempting to loot a post office box. In confessing the theft of mail belonging to Armfield & Eddy, attorneys, and the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph company, the lad attempted Ithe others admitted that tho,, VoA o sisted the leader at times, officers expressed the opinion that the young chief had been responsible for most of the thefts. Recover Letters In conducting their investigations Thursday morning, Constable LeRoy Hillhouse, Probation Officer A. A. Powers and Mrs. Dean Armstrong, postmistress, recovered about 12 of the checks belonging to the telephone company. Only about three of the 40 letters lost by Armfield & Eddy were found. The mail had been scattered along the alley that runs by the post office, for three blocks. The youthful thieves were all members of clubs that made stealing one of their pastimes, the leader told po - Belongs to Clubs The chief is a member of two clubs, he said. One is called the "Daredevil" club and the name of the other he could not remember. "Steal and smoke", waa the motto of the "Daredevil" dt, and "Look for fights'.' was the by - word in the other, tne leader declared. Their clubhouse .was located under the freight platform at the' Sacramento Northern depot. - Admits Thefts Numerous depredations were admitted, by the leader. He. confessed to stealing flashlights, cameras and other - articles out of automobiles. A key to the Cranston Brothers' warehouse was found in his possession, and he admitted that he had taken several things from the place. Another of the lads admitted that he had taken articles from the clothing of the Marysville Giants ball team from their dressing room at American Legion hall last Sunday, while the team was playing ball. C. E. Kaihe, inspector - in - chief for the post office department in this district, infoimed Mrs. Armstrong that he would have an inspector in Woodland to investigate the case as soon aB possible. Until his arrival, it is not known what action will be taken with the boys. Will Hold Leader It is indicated, however, that only the leader will be held. Mrs. Armstrong captured the "bandit chief" Tuesday when he returned to the postoffice, presumably again to loot the boxes. Discovers Loss E. W. Armfield discovered that his box had been entered when he went to the postoffice Tuesday and found some mail that he had seen there previously was gone. Mrs. Armstrong posted herself behind the wall, and noticed the boys tampering with the boxes. She learned who the boys were and they were arrested Wednesday, Because of the age of the offenders the 'Democrat" is withholding

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  1. Woodland Daily Democrat,
  2. 13 Sep 1928, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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