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Mail Tribune 100, Jan. 30, 1922

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

Jan. 30, 1922

WILLARD BATTERY SERVICE STATION ROBBED OF $1,000

The Willard Battery service station and electric shop at 8th and Bartlett was entered by thieves Saturday night sometime after 10 o’clock and approximately $1,000 worth of automobile accessories and office fixtures were stolen.

The stolen goods consists of one Burroughs adding machine, one check protector, half dozen spotlights, half dozen electric horns, one Eismann magneto, spark plugs, an assortment of switches and four new Willard storage batteries.

Entrance was gained by “jimmying” the lock from the front door of the establishment with a crowbar and the loot was carted away in a car. It is not believed that the work was that of local thieves but C. L. Brown, proprietor of the Electric Shop requests that local garage men and accessory dealers be on the alert and report to the chief of police any attempt to dispose of the stolen goods to them.

No definite clues have yet been found as to the identity of the culprits but it is believed that a number of persons took part in the robbery.

BURGLAR SMASHES WINDOW, ESCAPES WITH $500 LOOT

A burglar was busy at his trade in the F. J. Huber tailor shop on West Main street last night about 6:30 o’clock, when he heard Horace Bromley tramping around on the roof, getting ready to start his 18m ad machine. The burglar though somebody was after him, and with a “jimmy” smashed the plate glass in the door and walked out. Mrs. Bromley was standing near, but made no move, and a number of other people attracted by the sound of the falling glass, directed their attention to the hole in the door instead of the thug, who proceeded in a leisurely fashion till he reached the corner of Main and Fir street.

At this point somebody had presence of mind enough to shout “Hey!” whereupon the man took off his black slouch hat and showed a burst of speed southward.

Mr. Huber checked up his loss this morning, and places it at around $500 which includes a $75 overcoat and several bolts of wool suiting, which was passed out a back window to a confederate. Entrance was gained by smashing a rear window.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com