Posts Tagged ‘theft’

“Sent To Bordeaux,” Montreal Gazette. June 28, 1915. Page 03.

Four young men who came before Judge St. Cyr on Saturday morning were sent to Bordeaux for terms ranging from eight days to six months. Narcisse Chartrand, twenty years of age, who pleaded guilty to a charge of vagrancy laid against him by his mother, was given six months and a severe lecture. Arthur Roland, twenty-six years of age was condemned to a fine of $15 or three months in prison for having assaulted his mother, who asked that he be sent down. Ernest Audette, found guilty of stealing oats, was sent to prison for fifteen days, while Robert Day, found guilty of a minor theft, was sent away for eight days.

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“Il Devra Repondre A L’Accusation De Vol D’un Equipage,” La Press. June 14, 1916. Page 12.

(Du correspondant de la PRESSE)
Sainte-Scholastique, 14 – Un nommé Narcisse Chartrand, qui prétend venir de Montréal, a été arrêté, hier, par le grand-connétable Ouellette, sous l’accusation de vol d’un équipage, la propriété de M. Camille Pominville, cultivateur, de Grenville. Chartrand a comparu devant le magistrat et a nié sa culpabilité; il devra cependant subir son procès ai prochain terme des assizes.

Voici en quelles circonstances l’agent Ouellette a opéré l’arrestation de Chartrand. Ce dernier essayait de vendre dans le village l’équipage qu’il conduisait. Ouellette ayant eu connaissance de la chose, douta que Chartrand fut réellement la propriétaire de l’équipage. Il le suivit, et à trente milles du village, il décida d’arrêter Chatrand. Celui-ci fut ramené à Sainte-Scholastique, et le grand-connétable Oulette téléphona à différentes places, et, finalement, il apprit que le cheval et la voiture de M. Pominville avaient disparu dans la nuit de dimanche à lundi. Chartrand fut donce traduit devant le magistrat.

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“Six Years For Atlas,” Toronto Globe. June 10, 1910. Page 09.

Goes to the Penitentiary on Three Convictions.

Crown Attorney Makes Sarcastic References to the Church People Who Stood by Atlas – Judge Was Also Severe.

The Rev. George H. Atlas was sentenced by Judge Winchester yesterday morning on three charges: Theft, forgery, and uttering a forged document. On each count he was given a three year sentence in the penitentiary, the last two to run concurrently upon the expiration of the three-year sentence for theft. This means that he will serve six years.

Atlas, when asked if he had anything to say, replied briefly, ‘Nothing, my Lord.’

Judge Winchester then stated that the prisoner’s counsel, Mr. William Douglas, had asked that sentence be deferred until the September Sessions, and asked the County Crown Attorney what his wish was in the matter.

Mr. Baird firmly objected to the prisoner being given any further respite. He declared that Atlas had been given every opportunity. He had lived by influencing weaker minds than himself.

‘He established himself with Church people – simple-minded and weak-minded – who would do anything he said,’ declared Mr. Baird, with pointed sarcasm. ‘He influenced them to attack viciously Inspector Duncan, a man who had served the city for 25 years. He did everything he could to thwart the administration of justice.’

Mr. Baird then replied to the prisoner’s request for time in which to bring witnesses from Turkey to prove that he had handed over to Ivan Simoff’s widow the money he was charged with stealing.

‘I have gone into the matter very completely,’ said the Crown Attorney, ‘and I am satisfied there were no men there, as he alleges. Risk says there were not; the British Consul says there were no such men.’

‘Now,’ he continued, ‘I only want to warn. I don’t want to threaten, but if there is any further attempts to bring here any more witnesses to give perjured evidence, I will indict each and every one who subscribes to that fund. I see no reason why the prisoner should not get the full term,’ he concluded, taking his seat.

Mr. T. C. Robinetta, K. C., replied to Mr. Baird. He objected to the Crown Prosecutor declaring as a fact that there were no such witnesses as claimed by Atlas.

He assured that court that if it was not possible to bring witnesses out honestly they would not be brought out at all.

The Crown Attorney, however, insisted upon sentence being pronounced.

Judge Winchester, in sentencing Atlas, went over the charges and the prisoner’s record in Toronto and elsewhere, in a scathing denunciation. 

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“Jail-Breaker Sentenced,” Toronto Globe. April 27, 1917. Page 07.

“Guelph, April 26. – (Special.) – Henry Manning, a young man who was sent to the Ontario Reformatory from Hamilton for an offence committed in that city, was before Magistrate Watt yesterday on three charges, first, that of forcibly breaking his way from prison at the Ontario Reformatory; second, escaping from the Reformatory, and third, theft of a suit of clothes from Wm. Haliburton, a guard at that institution. He was sentenced to two years in Kingston Penitentiary for theft and for escaping, and three years for breaking prison; the sentences, however, are to run concurrently.”

[Interestingly, Manning was not sent to the Kingston Penitentiary, and did not enlist in the Canadian military either – without access to the Guelph papers, or the records of the Ontario Reformatory there, it is difficult to know what happened to him.]

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“Five Years for Burridge,” Toronto Globe. March 14, 1918.

Jury Found Him Guilty of Theft of Furs at Ingersoll

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
Woodstock, March 12. – Five years in Kingston Penitentiary was the sentence imposed on Walter Burridge of London by Chief Justice Sir Genhouse Falconbridge, following the jury’s finding of guilty on the charge of theft of furs in Ingersoll. The jury was out more than five hours.

Police Sergeant Borshill of London denied telling the prisoner about the London Fire System sending aid to Ingersoll.

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“Housebreaker Got 3 Years In Kingston,” Sudbury Star. January 2, 1918. Page 08.

Narcisse Chartrand has Long Record – Brother Goes to Burwash.

Narcisse Chartrand, a housebreaker with a long record, was sentenced by Magistrate Stoddart Monday morning to three years in Kingston penitentiary. His brother, Wilfrid, and his partner in crime, was given one year at Burwash Industrial Farm. The pair broke into the residence of John Campbell, Coniston, on the 23rd inst., and stole goods to the value of $2,000. Narcisse Chatrand was sentenced on January 28th, 1913, to three months for theft, on June 4th of the same year twenty-five months in St. Vincent de Paul penitentiary for the theft of a horse; and on June 26, 1915, to six months in Montreal city jail for vagrancy and theft. His brother spent eight days in jail last year for the theft of an automobile. Both men’s records were obtained through the medium of the finger print system, which has proved a success in Sudbury and elsewhere. Both men stared as they received their sentences.

[AL: N.C. is typical of many of the young men sentenced to the penitentiary in the early 20th century. A persistent, or habitual, or incorrigible, criminal, by 1918 his ‘long record’ had already long put him under the attention of the police and crime-control agencies. His offences were for theft and vagrancy, crimes often connected to a search for money – with car or horse theft especially being considered a typical, and serious, part of youth criminality by the authorities and part of a culture of masculine thrill-seeking and status. In the 1915 sentence, N.C. was convicted on charges brought up by his own mother, and ‘given a stern lecture’ besides. In turn, ‘labourer’ was used in institutions for subjects with inconsistent, casual, or unskilled and temporary work – the inability to hold a steady job, often because of workplace conflicts, lack of training, or lack of interest, is typical of many young delinquents from the period. Finally, N.C.’s mobility – operating in Sudbury far from his regular Québec haunts – was becoming more regular as trains and cars made it easier to move between cities looking for work or other opportunities. Interestingly, despite the reputation incorrigible criminal youth had in the public eye, once in prison, he was not a persistent trouble-maker, having already learned the ‘ropes’ from prior convictions, was never disciplined, and was released early.]

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Credit: Thief Leaves Car On Rails Two Trains Demolish It,” Toronto
December 21, 1939. Page 08.

Stolen from Hotel,
Shattered Wreck at Port Credit Yields No Clue


Port Credit, Dec. 21 – A thief stole a car in
New Toronto early today and abandoned it on a C.N.R. level crossing
at Shaw Drive. The car was struck in a quick succession by two
fast-moving freight trains and was completely demolished. Wreckage
was strewn along the track for half a mile.

Owned by John
Neilson Jr., Fifth St., New Toronto, the car was stolen from near a
hotel where Neilson worked. Investigating, police could find no trace
of the driver, nor could they find any license plates. Skid marks
indicated the driver may have skidded and swerved to avoid a moving
train, but the crew of the first train claim the car was left
abandoned, with no lights, on the right-of-way.

Pieces of
wreckage were strewn along the track for nearly half a mile east of
the crossing and some distance west.

The owner knew
nothing of the accident until police informed him early this

Neilson said he had left the car parked at the
rear of the hotel. The locks on the doors had recently been broken
and he was unable to lock it.

Chief Constable Sidney
Belford of Toronto township was assisted in the investigation by
Chief Telfer Wilson of Port Credit and C.N.R. police from Mimico.
Skid marks indicated the driver had attempted to stop and had swerved
over a ditch on the tracks just east of the crossing. The car was
struck by a west-bound train, and apparently carried some distance
west of the crossing and thrown to the south track, where an east
bound train hit.

Police could find no trace of clothing or anything to show that
the car was occupied at the time of the collision.

Look For Bodies But Find Only Wreckage

Police expected to
find one or more bodies when they rushed to the C.N.R. level crossing
just east of Port Credit early today and found bits of wreckage like
this strewn for half a mile along the tracks. They discovered the car
was owned by John Neilson of New Toronto, and was stolen in New
Toronto last night. Police believed the thief either had a queer
sense of humor and parked the car on crossing deliberatey or skidded
on to the tracks and had time to jump to safety before a westbound
train reduced it to wreckage. What was left was thrown on the south
tracks and caught up later by an eastbound locomotive. No trace of
the driver has been found.

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