Posts Tagged ‘shopbreaking’

“Six Months For Guy,” Sudbury Star. August 21, 1918. Page 08.

After several remands William Guy, 18 years, was sentenced to six months at Burwash for shop-breaking at Blezard Valley. In Monday morning’s court, up to which time sentence had been deferred to endeavor to have the boy’s father attend court, Mr. J. A. Lemieux, of Blezard Valley, stated that the father’s attitude was that of ‘let the boy take his medicine.’ Another attempt to have the father, a blacksmith in Sudbury, attend court, was successful. Sentence was passed Tuesday morning.

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“Parry Sound Jailbreakers Rounded Up,” Sudbury Star. August 10, 1918. Page 01 & 05.

Series of Robberies in District Cleared Up by Arrests

Following sensational robberies at Coniston, Warren, and St. Charles during the past week, the provincial police Thursday afternoon rounded up three young men on the west arm of Lake Nipissing. Two other young men, part of a gang of five who broke jail in Parry Sound last week, eluded the officers and are still at large. There were discomforting reports that the Warren and St. Charles robberies were committed by defaulters and deserters under the Military Service Act, for the purpose of securing supplies of clothing, food, arms, and ammunition, but the police say there is no connection in the affair.

Breaking jail in Parry Sound last week, the five young men beat their way up the Canadian Northern to Conistion junction. During last Thursday the Harris Abattoir’s store at Coniston was robbed of a considerable quantity of bacon. The band set out and walked to Warren where they arrived on Saturday afternoon. Some quantity of the stolen bacon was traded to settlers en route for other food. During Saturday night Roys’ hardware store at Warren was robbed of several rifles and some ammunition. It was a hurry-up job.

Sunday night the store of Joseph Desgrossliers at St. Charles was systematically robbed, the whole gang leisurely helped themselves to complete new outfits of clothing all around and large quantities of food. From St. Charles the gang was traced to the Dalton homestead east of St. Charles where a considerable quantity of the booty stolen at St. Charles was recovered.

Good work was done by provincial constable Fred Lefebvre and town constable Sequin of Warren in running down the gang. They received valuable assistance from several French-Canadian settlers, who actively participated in the capture. The gang was tracked down to the west arm of Lake Nipissing, and when the officers were cruising the shores in search of their camp they came across three of the gang out in a canoe fishing. There was a dash for shore, in which a number of shots were exchanged, but the officers intercepted their landing. Two of the gang offered no further resistance, but the third made matters very menacing for a while. The remaining two members of the gang on the mainland withdrew to the bush, while the third member of the gang in the canoe was finally wrested of his weapon. The three taken into custody were a young fellow by the name of Dalton, aged 28, whose home is in that section, Joe Fahant, an American citizen, and Ovila Martin, a French-Canadian. Of the two who escaped one of them is another Dalton. The two brothers are the alleged ringleader of the gang, and it was young Dalton in the canoe who have the officers a real argument. All three young men are now in Sudbury jail. In this morning’s police court they were remanded until Tuesday.

The episode set the whole countryside astir in the Warren and St. Charles section. What with rumors of lawlessness on the part of alleged deserters and defaulters the district had a bad attack of nerves. Officers found it very diffuclt to secure conveyances to go into the district. Both at St. Charles and at Warren the three desperadoes and the officers were the centre of attraction of the entire population.

The three men taken into custody take their position lightly. The Dalton boy was especially braggard. The escape from Parry Sound jail may be explained by the recovery from the Dalton boy of the keys of Parry Sound jail.

It was suspected that the gang may have been responsible for the sensational hold-up on the Canadian Northern on Wednesday afternoon. There is no connection in the two affairs.

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“Burglars Are Sent Down,” Toronto Globe. August 7, 1918. Page 02.

Brockville, Aug. 6 – (Special.) – Alfred Picard, Alfred Rogers and Napoleon Deladure Utayne of Montreal, convicted of burglarizing Doyle Bros.’ store at Prescott recently, were sentenced to-day to two years each in Kingston Penitentiary. A fourth man, Wilfred Pressau, was given a year in the Ontario Reformatory. The first three named had previous convictions.

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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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“Three Years in Prison,” Toronto Globe. June 4, 1914. Page 02.

“Wilfrid Cameron, eighteen years of age, was this morning sentenced by Police Magistrate Jelfe to three years in Kingston Penitentiary. With Thomas O’Rourke, who was allowed to go, he had been found guilty of breaking into the pavillion at Dundurn Park and stealing some tobacco. He had been before the court before.”

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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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