Posts Tagged ‘highway robbery’

“Two Years at Kingston,” Toronto Globe. September 12, 1918. Page 03.

Highway Robber Pleaded Not to be Sent Back to Burwash.

(Canadian Press Despatch.)
Brantford, Sept. 11 – Clarence Brackenbury was sentenced to two years in the Penitentiary at Kingston by Judge Hardy to-day, on charges of highway robbery while in possession of a loaded revolver, of theft, and of damage to a St. George schoolhouse. He and a young lad set out as Dick Turpins on stolen bicycles, and held up a farmer near St. George. Brackenbury had previously broken jail at Simcoe, and was captured again at Burwash. He begged for a chance to go overseas, and when this was refused, pleaded not to be sent to Burwash, where, he alleged, he had been badly treated, the food he claimed, being very bad. His request was granted, and he will go to Kingston for two years.

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“Farmer Is Held Up: His Team Taken,” Toronto Globe. August 8, 1918. Page 10.

But the Highway Robbers Are Soon Captured – Boy and Escaped Prisoner.

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
Brantford, Aug. 7. – John Corton of St. George was held up on the St. George road and his team taken away at the point of a revolver last night. County Constable Taylor and P. C. Thomas went out and in a short time arrested Clarence Brackenbury and a lad named A. Lemon of 17 Able avenue. The latter, being under fourteen years of age, was let go. Brackenbury was remanded this morning for a week. Just prior to being arrested the two were said to be on their way to Waterford. The theft of two bicycles is being charged, as well as carrying concealed weapons and causing damage to schoolhouse property on the St. George road.

Brackenbury is said to be an escaped prisoner from Burwash Farm, having served two months of a year’s sentence before he escaped.

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“Bold Hold-Up Men Get Prison Terms,” Toronto Globe. January 30, 1918. Page 07.

Accessory May Get Off On Suspended Sentence Because of Family.

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
Parry Sound, Jan. 29. – Alfred Domiana, an Italian, was to-day sentenced to five years in Kingston Penitentiary, his cousin, Fred Domiana, was sentenced to three years, and Frank Caprice, as an accessory before the act, was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, but in consideration of having a wife and five children may be let out on suspended sentence, as the Magistrate will so recommend the Minister of Justice.

The Domianas, who are both of Hamilton, were working in a lumber camp and went to a station at Mowat on the C.N.R., where Frank Caprice and his family reside, tied Mrs. Caprice to a chair, took a rifle and shotgun with ammunition from the wall of the dining room, and in broad daylight and without any attempt to disguise held up two Austrian sectionmen and Frank Caprice with the gun, and took $1,027 from the men. The forced the men to place a hand car on the track and made off, throwing the rifle and gun under a bridge. They left the car at the point where the C.P.R. crosses the C.N.R., and started walking south.

Warnings were sent out by telephone, and the men were caught near Byng Inlet. They admitted their guilt and implicated Frank Caprice. The Police Magistrate considered the evidence corroborated in a number of ways and convicted Caprice as an accessory to the crime.


“Long Terms Given Italian Robbers,” The Mail and Empire. January 30, 1918. Page 08.

Special to The Mail and Empire.
Parry Sound, Jan. 29 – How a woman, the wife of a C.N.R. sectionman, was tied in her chair as the result of a frame-up with her husband, two Austrian sectionmen were robbed at the point of a rifle and shotgun of $1,027 and continued to place a hand-car on the track, by which the robbers made their get-away, was told in the Police Court here to-day, when Alfred Domiana was sentenced to five years, Fred Domiana to three years, and Frank Caprice to three years in Kingston Penitentiary. The two Italians, who hail from Hamilton and were employed in a lumber camp, were caught at Byng Inlet with the money on them, and turned King’s evidence against Caprice, who they declared, had framed up the job, his wife consenting to be tied up when the Domianas’ procured the firearms from the Mowat Railway Station and pulled off the robbery of his companions. The magistrate said he would request the Minister of Justice to allow Caprice out on suspended sentence, as he had a wife and five children.

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“Charge Highway Robbery,” Montreal Gazette. January 8, 1917. Page 04.

Soldier Made Hard Fight Against Arrest

Upon a charge of highway robbery, Joseph Payne, a soldier, was arrested Friday morning by Detectives Tierney and Belanger. The complainant in the case is James Munro, of 223 Centre street, Point St. Charles. He was assaulted by a soldier just after leaving a saloon in Point St. Charles on Thursday night and, after being beaten, was robbed of a watch and chain and $4 in money. He gave the detectives a good description of his assailant and they recovered the watch and chain early Friday morning. They found Payne some time later an he fought like a wild cat, and it was only after a strenuous battle that he was subdued and taken to the Grand Trunk street station. He was listed there and was taken to headquarters, where he was locked to to appear for arraignment this morning. Munro is said to have identified the prisoner as the man who assaulted him. From the exertion of the fight, combined with being soaked to the skin Detective Tierney contracted a severe attack of la grippe, which has kept him in his bed since Friday night.

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