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Mail Tribune 100

June 21, 1917


There is now no doubt that two of the three burglars captured in Riddle last Sunday night while attempting to break into the postoffice of that town are Sam Slide and E. C. Collins, the Phoenix postoffice burglars who at their recent trial in this county were freed because of a technical fault in the indictment.

E. J. Gallagher of Spokane, United States postoffice inspector, who has been investigating the case and who talked with the prisoners in the Roseburg jail, arrived in Medford Tuesday and visited police headquarters where he at once identified the photographs there of Slide and Collins as the two burglars caught at Riddle.

Inspector Gallagher hoped to get a trace here of the identity of a third man under arrest who worked with Slide and Collins, but returned to Roseburg today without having any success in this line.

Slide and Collins are criminals with known records, the former having served a term in the Walla Walla penitentiary in Washington, and Collins a term in the San Quentin, California, penitentiary.

The arrest of the burglars at Riddle was rather dramatic and was accompanied by pistol firing. The first known appearance of the trio of burglars in Douglas county was last Friday night when a store in Canyonville was broken into and robbed. Deputy Sheriff Hopkins was assigned to investigate the case on Saturday morning.

He first gained trace of the men by watching the unknown man of the trio who had taken a room in the hotel at Riddle and made purchases of groceries and supplies which he took to Slide and Collins, who were camped out in an orchard on the outskirts of the city.

In a roundabout way Hopkins crept up to the orchard unobserved near enough to hear the trip planing to break into the Riddle postoffice Sunday night.