Posts Tagged ‘robbery’

“10 Years in Jail Escapee’s Price For 13 Free Days,” The Globe and Mail. October 8, 1948. Page 05.

In 13 days, David Cameron, 24, committed offences which netted him a prison term of 10 years. Magistrate Thomas Elmore sentenced Cameron yesterday for the latter’s armed robbery of a taxi-driver; breaking into a service station; attempted break-in of a second station; carrying an offensive weapon, and escaping from Burwash reformatory.

Cameron was given the 10-year-term for his robbery of taxi-driver John Kusian. Terms on the other charges against Cameron were made concurrent. The 10-year sentence will be consecutive to a three-months term the accused is now serving for a conviction registered in May.

Cameron escaped from Burwash Reformatory in September. The total sentence, which included the concurrent terms, amounted to 17 years.

‘You have had seven previous convictions before all this,’ His Worship told Cameron. ‘It is fortunate that no one has been injured.’

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“Convicts for the Pen,” Kingston Daily Standard. September 25, 1912. Page 08.

The population of the penitentiary was increased by three to-day by the arrival of Ernest Moyes, Berlin; William Stephen, Sault Ste. Marie, and John Hummell, Berlin. Moyes will serve seven years for burglary [sic. actually bigamy and perjury]; Stephen five years for attempting to steal a purse and Hummell five years on three charges of theft.

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“A Fifth Arrest.” Toronto Globe. April 13, 1917. Page 05.

“Whitby, April 12. – (Special.) – Arthur Stewart of Oshawa was taken into custody yesterday and lodged in the County Jail on a charge of having stolen goods in his possession. This is in connection with the recent robbery from Whitfield’s drug store. The three other men charged with the theft, Albert Miller, John O’Donnell and Arthur Sparks, all of Toronto, have been committed for trial, and Russell Darcy of Oshawa is out on bail.”

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“Young Men Charged with Whitby Robbery,” Toronto Globe. April 6, 1917. Page 03.

Some Fountain Pens Taken, Found In Pawnbroker’s In Toronto.

(Special Despatch in The Globe.)
Whitby, April 3. – Three young men, Arthur Moller, Albert Sparks, and John O’Donnell, arrested in Toronto on Monday, came before Joseph White, J. P., here yeesterday afternoon, charged with being implicated in the robbery of Whitfield’s drug store last week, when more than $200 worth of fountain pens and other goods was taken. The three were taken into custody in Toronto, where it is alleged they disposed of some of the fountain pens to a pawnbroker there. Some of the pens have been identified by Mr. Whitfield.

A witness testified to having seen the men in Oshawa and near Whitby on the day following the theft, riding in a motor car, which is supposed to have been the one stolen from the Consolidated Plate Glass Co., and abandoned on the road between here and Oshawa.

All three are in their early twenties. They were remanded for a further hearing next Wednesday.

Norman D’Arcy of Oshawa, alleged to have had some of the stolen property on him and to have sold some of it, was also up for a preliminary hearing. He claimed the men came to his house and asked him to drive their car around Oshawa for them. He was remanded until Saturday.

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“Thief Who Left Clue On Spot Is Sentenced,” Montreal Star. January 28, 1937. Page 03.

Story of Missing Wallet Not Believed

Chief Judge Perrault today ordered Arthur Dubois, alias Ouellette, to serve a three month term. Dubois, who said he lived at 5165 St. Urbain street, had supplied police not only with his name and address, but also with a photograph after having broken into a garage at 29 Maguire street, on November 3, and stolen three wheels and tires off a truck.

The ‘clues’ were left for police in a wallet which Dubois had dropped as he climbed through a rear window to get into the garage. Realizing the gravity of what had happened on discovering the loss, Dubois had hastened to the police and complained that it had been stolen from him in a cabaret.

Believing there was too much coincidence in the alleged pickpocketing and the finding of the wallet in the garage, officers arrested Dubois. At trial last week he complained so bitterly of being ‘framed’ that Judge Perrault postponed trial till this morning so he could produce witnesses who had said would swear to his presence in the cabaret at the time of the alleged theft.

No witnesses appeared and he was pronounced guilty. His record showed three previous convictions. Sentence will date from time of arrest.

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“Photograph of Suspect Left at Scene of Crime,” Montreal Star. January 21, 1937. Page 03.

Accused Claims Pocketbook Placed There as Frame-up Against Him

A CLUE, not a detective fiction clue, but a real one, a pocketbook containing the name, address and the photographs of its owner, which had been found on the scene of robbery led police to arrest Arthur Dubois, 25-year-old ex-convict who gave his address as 2163 St. Urbain street. Thin in turn evoked a cry of ‘frame-up’ from the accused.

Detectives testified at Dubois’s trial before Chief Judge Perrault today on a charge of having broken into a garage at 29 Maguire street on November 2, and stolen three wheels and tires from a new truck. The watchman of the garage told of finding the wallet inside the building near a window which had been broken open.

DUBOIS, detectives admitted, had gone to a police station a few hours later and reported that his wallet had been stolen in a local cabaret. Testifying today he claimed that the pocket-book had been intentionally planted by the ‘real thief’ to throw suspicion on him. He admitted serving two previous jail terms for burglary.

Judge Perrault postponed hearing till January 26 so that a missing witness who Dubois said was with him in the cabaret when he was robbed, could be located.

‘HOW could anyone take a wallet out of your back pocket without your knowledge?’ the Judge questioned.

‘I had drunk six bottes of beer and had fallen asleep,’ the accused answered.

‘Were you drunk?’ questioned Jacques Fournier, Crown Prosecutor.

‘Yes,’ the accused answered.

‘It is funny, then that police said you were sober when you appeared at the station a short time later to report the theft of your pocketbook,’ Mr. Fournier remarked.

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“Bank bandits in Los Angeles will have a tough time getting away with the swag with this new armored car on the job,” Toronto Star, September 15, 1923. 

Crime as promoting progress – technical innovation to defeat the primal, marginal bandit.

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