William Russell Evans
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH POST-DISPATCH POST-DISPATCH re-Dorter a I Captured Bank Robber Identified As Notorious Veteran Sneak Thief A nii- nii- -f -f t - jawptMA-y jawptMA-y jawptMA-y lwh mmm i warn V?- V?- I r-t:-. r-t:-. r-t:-. r-t:-. r-t:-. - V: tf l O WILLIAM R. EVANS 'Stick-nan' 'Stick-nan' 'Stick-nan' Said by FBI to Have Had Part in Crimes Involving Nearly Nearly $1,000,000. William R. Evans, the man who snatched $1600 from a window in the United Bank & Trust Co. Monday, was identified yesterday as one of the most notorious "stickmen" in the country by Gerald B. Norris, agent in charge of the FBI office here. The 63-year-old 63-year-old 63-year-old 63-year-old 63-year-old robber, who has been involved in bank robberies robberies totaling almost a million dollars, is recovering at City Hospital Hospital from a heart attack brought on when he was pursued and caught by a young woman teller at . the bank, Miss Audrey Lorenzen. "Stickmen" are adept at a sneak-thief sneak-thief sneak-thief technique of filching money from teller's cages when the teller turns away momentar ily from the window. They derive their name from the occasional use of a long stick, tipped with gum or adhesive, with which they pick up or drag the money within within reach. Although Evans did not make use of such a stick, one fell from his coat as he was being pursued and has been turned over to police. Federal Warrant Issued. A warrant charging Evans with bank robbery larceny was issued yesterday by United States Commissioner Commissioner Edward Bean and his bond fixed at $10,000. The offense offense carries maximum punishment punishment of a $5000 fine and 10 years in prison. Evans was recognized by Ralph Nolan, an FBI agent who was a teller in the brokerage office of A. G. Edwards & Sons in 1934 when Evans snatched $18,000 in negotiable bonds from his cage and fled. Nolan recalls chasing and capturing the robber in the lobby of the Victorian Building By a Post-Dispatch Post-Dispatch Post-Dispatch Staff Photographer. By a Post-Dispatch Post-Dispatch Post-Dispatch Staff Photographer. A special agent of the FBI demonstrates with Evans's stick how the adhesive-tipped adhesive-tipped adhesive-tipped device is used to pull money from a bank teller's cage. where Evans was trying to conceal conceal the loot behind a radiator. The bonds were recovered but, since no federal offense was involved, involved, Evans was sentenced to nine months in the Workhouse on a reduced charge. When Nolan viewed the robber Monday, recognition recognition was mutual but Evans adhered to a rule he has observed throughout his criminal career dating back to 1907 never answer answer questions or make a statement. statement. Other Bank Robberies. Norris said Evans was involved in a $150,000 robbery of a New York bank in 1915 and again in 1936 when the Bank of Manhattan was robbed of $590,000 in bonds. He is currently wanted on a federal federal warrant in Omaha, Nebr., where $1000 was taken from a bank recently, Norris said. Evans has served terms in Leavenworth penitentiary. Sing Sing prison and other penal institutions, and is noted for his habit of jumping bonds. Only about $400 of the United Bank loot was found on Evans after his capture Monday, leaving about $1200 unaccounted for. FBI agents were told by a bank cus tomer that Evans in his flight from the bank brushed against another man and said: "Get go ing." It is believed likely the second man was an accomplice. Norris said "stickmen" frequently operate with a confederate.