January 13, 1924

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News from January 13, 1924

News from January 13, 1924 (Buffalo Courier, via Newspapers.com™)

Brighton Park State Bank Robbed

On January 12, 1924, six bandits orchestrated a bank robbery in the Brighton Park neighborhood of Chicago. The criminals arrived outside the bank just before noon, their presence announced with the discharge of their weapons. Three of the bandits, all armed with pistols, forcefully entered the bank, firing as they moved forward. Two other members, wielding rifles, remained outside as guards.

Ignoring the bandits’ commands, the bank’s cashier, Albert Tenszar, triggered the burglar alarm. In retaliation, he was shot and seriously wounded by the robbers. Amidst the loud ringing of the burglar alarm, the criminals rapidly gathered the available cash on the desks. Their loot amounted to less than $500.

The escape of the bandits was met with resistance as the police force sprang into action and a gunfight ensued. Witnesses reported some of the bandits slumping in their positions, suggesting that they had likely been shot.

The violence was not limited to the banking premises. As it spilled out onto the street an innocent bystander, a nine-year-old boy named Alphonse Rosse, was struck by a stray bullet as the robbers made their escape, as was a local druggist, Harry Olszwski.

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