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  • February 6, 1913

  • A new wrinkle in criminal annuals, in which a burglar systematically kept books on what he stole and what he expected to steal, has been unearthed by the local police force in the capture of Frank Kelly, a young man of 23, who has resided some time on West Eleventh Street. Officers Mego and Cady nabbed the man as he was attempting to break into Scheiffelin's Grocery on Central Avenue.
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  • A new wrinkle in criminal annuals, in which a burglar systematically kept books on what he stole and what he expected to steal, has been unearthed by the local police force in the capture of Frank Kelly, a young man of 23, who has resided some time on West Eleventh Street. Officers Mego and Cady nabbed the man as he was attempting to break into Scheiffelin's Grocery on Central Avenue.
    Kelly, after his capture made a full confession and produced his "books." Here is a list of all he has stolen, together with the dates on which he broke into the places. Opposite the list is the price of each. At his home at 710 West Eleventh Street the officers found more than two wagonloads of loot.
    Kelly's list of stolen articles is unique. It looks like a bill for groceries and is very complete. Here is a sample page:
    "Bencom Co. Defunct"
    "January 24, 1913: 1 pd. salmon, 15; 1 pd. mushrooms, 25; 1 pd. asparagus, 25; 1 can Postum, 10; 4 cans oysters, 60; 1 can shrimp, 15; 3 cans clams, 45; 6 tamales, 75; 3 cans chicken, 90; 2 cans caviar, 80; 5 boxes candy, $1; 1 bx Cubanala cigars, $2.
    "Kidd's Shoe Store"
    "January 28: 1 pr Eng Bal Hanan tan $5: 1 pr Wyenberg heavy, $3; 1 pr Ladies Cot hose, 25".
    This is just a sample from his books. He has "accounts" with Werner Wortman & Gore, B&C Cash Store, the public library where he stole oil, Big Pines Lumber Company and a number of orchard companies in the valley. He also had a list of what he intended to steal.
    Kelly states that he knows nothing of the robbery of the Smoke House the other night.
    The young man has made a complete confession covering all his operations. He has not sold any of the supplies he secured.
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