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“Horse Thief Punished,” Toronto Globe. September 20, 1917. Page 11.

Belleville, Sept. 19. – (Special.) – Jonas W. Waters, aged 26 years, was this morning sentenced by Magistrate Masson to three years in Kingston Penitentiary for stealing a horse and buggy, the property of a local liveryman. Waters hired the outfit from Robert Orr to drive to Trenton on business, but went east and was arrested in Gananoque trying to dispose of it. He told the police a story of having been robbed in a public park here, but finally admitted that it was a pure fabrication. He claims to have come from a village in Quebec. He went under the alias Shoemaker.

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“Thief Gives Two Years,” Kingston Daily Standard. July 27, 1912.

William Hughes, a Belleville character, was sentenced to two years in the Portsmouth Penitentiary for the theft of a $40 gold watch.

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“Three Years in ‘Pen’,” Kingston Daily Standard. July 4, 1912. Page 08.

Two Burglars Were Sentenced Yesterday at Belleville.

James Barry and John Percy, the Belleville burglars, were sentenced yesterday by Judge Deroche to three years each in Portsmouth Penitentiary. These men were arrested on Sunday morning, June 23rd, by the Belleville police, who suspected them of being implicated in several recent thefts there. The burglars resisted arrest, and the police had quite a tussle with them, but finally landed them in the cells. When charged with three burglaries, they pleaded guilty.

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“Youths Sent To Prison,” Toronto Globe. May 11, 1917. Page 12.

Belleville, May 10. – (Special.) – Thomas Hawke, Charles Singer, and Joseph Hefferman, aged eighteen, were this morning sentenced by Judge Deroche to two years each in the Kingston Penitentiary. Two days ago they pleaded guilty to five charges breaking into by night and burglarizing Ben Sopher’s store of a large quantity of jewelry, and Wade’s poor room, besides taking some barber tools in Trenton.

[AL: Interestingly, Thomas Hawke was not sent to the penitentiary – he may, instead, have appealed his sentence or had it commuted to a provincial sentence.]

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“Given Four Years,” Kingston Daily Standard. May 9, 1912. Page 08.

Belleville Youth Gets Heavy Term For Burglary.

The boy, Joseph Foley, aged sixteen years, who was convicted on his plea of guilty of burglarizing the house of his employer, Mr. Grass, in Thurlow, on April 30th, and stealing an open-faced watch and some money appeared before Magistrate Masson, Belleville, Wednesday morning, and was given four years in the Portsmouth Penitentiary.

His Worship had asked the youth if he had anything so say, to which the answer was given that he had not. The prisoner had been before the court several times in the last few months.

The boy is a small, sullen sort of chap. The term did not seem to affect him much. One big tear was seen on his right cheek as he sat down.

This is the heaviest sentence that has been passed in the Belleville police court in over eighteen months….

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“Grass Fire Laid To Theft Suspect,” Toronto Globe. August 29, 1936. Page 11.
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Police Seek Cattle Ruster Near Belleville 
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Belleville, Aug. 28 (CP). – Police today blamed a grass fire which broke out on Anderson’s Island on Gordon Calvert, whom they are seeking in connection with theft of forty-five head of cattle from there last weekend.

They said they believed he was hiding out in swamplands near Ivanhoe and set the fire so that remaining cattle on the island would be driven to the upper end, from which they could be driven to the mainland. Farmers extinguished the fire before damage resulted.

Residents of Ivanhoe were puzzled when they heard the cattle being driven through that village at night. They notified police and when an officer caught up to the herd a man said to be Calvert fled. Search of the district so far has been unsuccessful.

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“Posse Hunts Cattle Rustler In Hastings Bush,” Toronto Globe. August 26, 1936. Page 09.


45 Head of Jerseys Stolen from Island In Lonely Location

Coat Made in Kingston Penitentiary Left Behind When Fugitive Sees Constable Approaching

Belleville, Aug. 26 (CP). – A posse prowled through the thick brush tonight on the trail of a man believe responsible for one of the greatest cattle thefts in this district.  Forty-five herd of pure-bred Jerseys were stolen, but recovered as a police officer caught up with the herder, who took to the bush.

Police said a warrant had been issued for a man named Gordon Calvert of Crookston, charging him with the theft.  They said he was identified through police photographs and that he had recently been released from the Kingston Penitentiary.  Police also declared the man had escaped from the penitentiary some years ago, but was located again in North Hastings.

Five Own Cattle.
The cattle were owned by Ernest McAdam, Harry Hagerman, Russell Stevens, George Parker and Ernest Mitchell, who discovered the loss when an Ivanhoe resident told friends of seeing the herd being rushed through the night near Ivanhoe.  Sergeant Harry Thompson of Provincial Police Headquarters here was informed and caught up with the stolen herd near Ivanhoe, but he was seen approaching by the man in charge, who made his getaway, leaving behind a coat and a hat.

Examination of the coat, police said, revealed it was made in the penitentiary, the type given men when released.  They also stated that articles found in the coat were the property of Calvert.

Search Continues
The search tonight centre close to Ivanhoe, which is about twenty miles north of here. The theft was believed committed during the week-end, the cattle being driven from Anderson’s island, eight miles west of Stirling, on the Trent River, where they had been pastured for some days. Stirling is about fourteen miles north of here.

Apparently driven by road to a hideout near Crookston, about ten miles northeast of Stirling, the herd, according to authorities, was bound for shipment from Ivanhoe to Toronto.

Authorities stated that the thief apparently made connections with a buyer at Madoc, who is said to have paid for part of the herd, unaware it was stolen.  the cattle were to be shipped from Ivanhoe to Toronto but it was during the drive to Ivanhoe that they were noticed by the resident, who remarked to friends in Stirling he thought it queer cattle should be moved at night and at such a fast rate.

His suspicions reached owners’ cars, and Sergeant Thompson of Provincial Police Headquarters at Belleville was informed, leading to recovery of the herd and the hunt for the man believed to have committed the theft.

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