William Russell Evans
in at windy-cold lids in Thief's Capture Pinckneyville Man Drawn Into St. Louis Chase 'There's a girl chasing a man in that store, and she seems to want him bad," Frank P. Vierling of Pinckneyville told a policeman in a passing squad car in downtown SL Louis yesterday. The result even though the cop replied, 'We can't pinch a guy just foFTIhat" was the capture of a bank thief. VIERLING f a few minutes earlier, earlier, had been driving past the Lucas street side of the Stix, Baer, and Fuller store, when he saw a young woman frantically chasing a man in and out of the store. His curiosity aroused, Vierling pulled his car to the curb and asked asked the excited girl what the trouble was. She begged him to help her nab the fugite, but neglected to tell him why. Vierling assumed that the man must be a thief of some sort and joined in the chase. He dashed into the store, where he had seen the man disappear. It was not quite noon, and the store had not yet opened for business. THE PINCKNEYVILLE man caught up with his quarry on the first floor, but was driven off by a flurry of fists propelled by the husky runaway. Retreating into the street m a search for reinforcements, Vierling hailed a passing squad car. Vierling couldn't tell the officers why the man was being chased, but, after their first skeptical reply, the policemen policemen decided the fugitive might be a thief. They ran after Vierling, who had resumed his quest. Vierling spotted his man in an appliance store across the street, chased him out of the store, and caught him a short distance away. He held his prisoner until the police police caught up with him and placed the man in custody. THE FUGITIVE said he was William Russell Evans, 62, a real estate salesman from. Atlanta, Ga. The girl, who had started the chase, was Audrey Lorenzen, a blon4e teller at the United Bank and Trust company, 600 North Broadway. Miss Lorenzen, five feet four inches tall and 118 lb., said she had spotted Evans taking money from her locked cage, as she stood on a balcony overlooking the main floor of the bank. She chased Evans through the crowded streets, catching him twice during the pursuit and grabbing $440 from his pockets during the ensuing tussles. Both times, Evans Evans broke away and continued his flight. EVANS denied taking any money from the bank, although a bank vice-president vice-president vice-president said $1225 was still missing after the $440 was retrieved retrieved from Evans. Police suspect Evans of passing some of the money to a confederate confederate during the chase. Evans complained of a heart ailment when he was caught and was rushed to a hospital. Vierling said Evans was "pretty weak when I caught him." The Pinckneyville man, who is slightly built and his wife are caretakers of the Pyramid Mine company's clubhouse. Miss Lorenzen termed Vierling "a nice man."