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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 17, 1921

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago

Nov. 17, 1921


Bandit Claims He Bought Motorcycle Here, After Arrival in Stolen Auto — Continuous Guard in Phoenix Jail to Prevent Escape — Goes to Kansas Penitentiary Next.

Roy Gardner, super-bandit, captured at Phoenix, Ariz., while in the act of robbing a Santa Fe train, spent three days in Medford, in his flight to the south, and bought a motorcycle here, according to a story he told to a press association representative at the time of his arrest. Gardner claimed he came to Medford in an automobile stolen at Raymond, Wash. No information could be obtained this morning from motorcycle dealers of any sale at the time. What the fugitive did with the auto is also unknown.

The portion of the story relating to his purported operations in this city is as follows:

Gardner said he got to the mainland from Fox island in a boat. He then beat his way on a train to Raymond, Wash., according to his story. At Raymond, he said he stole an automobile and drove to Portland, Ore., thence to Medford, Ore. At the latter place he said he bought a motorcycle.

“I remained in Medford for three days,” he asserted. “The I went on the motorcycle to Redding, Cal., thence to Napa, to San Francisco and by easy stages, to Bakersfield, to Los Angeles and down toward San Diego. Near San Juan Capistrano I had trouble with the motorcycle and sold it. I beat my way on a train to San Diego and later beat my way on trains to Mexicali, to Yuma, Ariz., to Maricopa, then to Phoenix.”

Gardner said he had been in a cheap boarding house in Phoenix since his arrival here 23 days ago.

He told John Montgomery, sheriff of Maricopa County this afternoon:

“I’m going to try to escape if I get a chance. But don’t shoot until you are sure I have made up my mind to try to make a getaway.”

Gardner bared his leg to show the officers where the penitentiary guard had “winged” him on the day of his escape.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com