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“Parents Weep As Sons Sentenced,” Montreal Star. January 19, 1937. Page 03.

Young Men Admit Robbing Stores and Are Sent To Penitentiary

While their parents huddled weeping in the courtroom, two youths, 18 and 19 years of age, were each sentenced to penitentiary terms totaling 15 years, by Judge Tetreau in the arraignment court today. The prisoners were Rolland Gascon, 18, 5147 Clark street, and Lucien Trembley, 19, 4560 Berri street, both with previous records, who police claim headed a gang which committed burglaries on a wholesale scale in the north end of the city.

Both had pleaded guilty to five charges involving burglaries, automobile thefts and receiving stolen goods when arraigned last week. They were sentenced to serve three years for each offence – the terms to run concurrently. Four other youths who admitted being members of ‘the gang’ will be sentenced by Judge Tetreau tomorrow.

Stores Robbed
The thefts committed were all in stores in the north-east section on Rachel street, Marie Anne street, and Villeneuve street east. Sergeant Detectives Dell-’Aniello and Longpre rounded up the other prisoners after Gascon had fallen into the hands of police while driving a stolen car on January 10.

Before passing sentence Judge Tetreau expressed sympathy for the parents of the youths who, he said, were good respectable people, now suffering from circumstances which had apparently been beyond their control. ‘Gascon, especially, had every opportunity and has only himself to blame for the position in which he now finds himself,’ he said.

The Judge then drew attention to the fact that neither of the prisoners were first offenders, nor had they only committed one theft. ‘They banded together to go in for burglaries on a wholesale scale and now are called to pay the consequences. Heavy penalties are the only means of ending the epidemic of burglaries which are now occurring in the city,’ Judge Tetreau declared.

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“Four Suspects Caught After Smash and Grab Robbery / Oakville: Chief David Kerr Drew Gun In Capturing Fleeing Trio,” Toronto Star. December 19, 1938. Page 06.

Two stories about crime relating to Hamilton youths and break and enters in the ‘Local and District News’ section of the Toronto Star.

On the left: “Brick Used To Break Window For Midnight Crime. Four Hamilton Youths were arrested early Sunday morning after a wild chase which for two of them ended in the icy water of Hamilton Bay.  They were charged with the smash and grab robbery at midnight last night of the J. H. Chapman jewelry store in Burlington.  It was alleged the four young men had stolen a car in Hamilton, driven to Burlington and smashed the store window with a brick.  They were captured after the car ran out of gasoline on the Burlington Beach cut-off.  Two of the youth are shown being taken into custody, LEFT ABOVE.  The other two took to the water but were captured by officers who waded after them.  The smashed window of the jewelry store is shown at RIGHT.  The brick can be seen at the left of the window.”

On the right: “Chief David Kerr Drew Gun In Capturing Fleeing Trio. Hamilton Men Arrested Following Burglar Alarm From Ross Residence. ‘JIMMIE’ IS FOUND.  Oakville, Dec. 19 – Prompt action by Chief Constable David Kerr of Oakville resulted in the arrest of three Hamilton youths.  They are charged with attempting to break into the home of Allan Ross, east of here early Sunday morning.  The arrested youths are: Nick Nahirly, 19; Joe Lazio, 22; both of Kenilworth Ave., and George Olensick, 18, of Wallace Ave., Hamilton. 

The young men appeared before the Justice of the Peace J. B. Most today and were remanded in custody.  They are jointly charged with breaking and entering.  
“When a ‘jimmie’ was used on a door in the Ross house it sounded a burglar alarm in the gardener’s cottage.  I was called and when I appeared on the scene the youths were attempting to enter their car which was parked on the Lake Shore Rd., a short distance from the residence,” the chief revealed.

‘One youth tried to make a run for it but I drew my gun and called on him to stop.  He did,’ said the chief.

Screw drivers, a ‘jimmie’ and flashlight were found in the possession of the young men, the chief reported. 

‘When they were searched in the police station here we found bullets for a .22 calibre revolver on one of the men,’ the chief said. Police have been unable to find a gun.  

Constable Lewis Patterson, Bronte, assisted in the investigation.  

Mr. Ross’ home was broken into last January.  Police arrested two men in an upstairs room at that time.”

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“Cure Juvenile Delinquency in the Slums By Planned Housing.” 

New York City Housing Authority & Federal Art Project, October 20, 1936. Library of Congress,

LC-USZC2-1017

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