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Stories from the police blotter, 1945

June 4, 2011

May 2 - 6 a.m. Call from Mrs. Russell of Santanoni Apartments that she had lost a chow dog. Its name is Rusty. If picked up do not shoot dog. - Jones


May 5 - 1:15 p.m. Call from Mrs. Buckland, 771/2 Lake St. that while she was away for about a month someone had been in her home. Investigated found that the coal chute had been opened, also the hatchway door. Trash of woman and man looked like they had a party in the house. Mrs. Buckland stated that her husband's watch, pocket type, a 21 jewel "Illinois" railroad watch was missing. Value $60 - Duprey


May 6 - 7 p.m. Pete Bombard, 55 Neil St. reports someone breaking into his house through a rear window and stealing the following articles: three sets of dotted lace curtains off from the windows; one high chair, one child's bicycle; 8 sheets, one dozen pillow cases, one wool blanket, three army blankets; one new dress that was in a box, valued at $95. John Doe lives in the back in McInytre Street. Mrs. Bombard walked by Doe's house and saw some curtains hanging in the windows. These curtains were the same type that were stolen from the house. Mr. and Mrs. Bombard are staying at Tehaws (sic) but she will be down next week and will come in to see the chief to find out if the police have located the stuff. - Ryan

(A penciled in note follows: "Recovered about $30 worth of this property.")


May 6 - 7:45 p.m. Duke Huntington reports that someone entered Phil's Lunch through the cellar door and pried open the Juke Box and took about $20. This happened between 4 a.m. and 10 a.m.


May 10 - 7 a.m. William St. Germain, 150 River St. complained to officer Jewtraw that one John Doe had stolen his car from in front of his house, where he was sleeping in it, and had driven towards Pine Street. Officer Jewtraw and St. Germain found the car abandoned and stuck over a bank by the incinerator. Car had been driven through the fields and over a bank sustaining some damage not yet ascertained. Officers Wallace and Jewtraw later found John Doe at his home on Pine Street and he said he wanted to come to the police station and "clean the matter up." When he came to the police office we showed him a warrant secured by William St. Germain and two witnesses to the theft, Albert and Charles Lavair. When Judge was brought in to hear the case, Doe was too drunk to even stand up as he had been drinking beer all morning. Judge said to hold Doe until morning so he could sober up. - Wallace and Jewtraw


June 1942

June 1 - 8 p.m. Complaint from Mr. Moody, Merrill Street (2F1602). Joe Manfredo's boy was shooting at his dog with an air rifle. Says Joe's son-in-law is always shooting around the neighborhood. I told Joe's son-in-law they would have to stop shooting around the village and he said, "Well why don't the people keep their dog's home?" His wife then said, "Why don't the police do something about our complaints, I called yesterday that dogs were inside our store wetting things but could not get a policeman to do anything about it." They both took a very hostile attitude about the whole thing. -?Wallace


June 4 - 10 p.m. Mary Starks, secretary in Steward's office at Ray Brook San, Operator's License 2977082 reports while driving her car -?2T 4098 - backing out from the curb on Academy Street she backed into the door of a car with License 3 R.P. 805. Made a small dent in the car door. Told her the car belonged to Eugene Keough of 166 Lake Flower Avenue. Told her to get in touch with him there or at Conley's Undertaking establishment. Said she would do so tonight or tomorrow.

- Jones


June 8 - 2 p.m. Complaint from Dick Jewtraw, that he parked his 1933 Ford Roadster last night at 10:30 p.m. in the alleyway between Hoctor's and Percy Mullen's Store. When he returned for his car at 11 a.m. this morning both chrome plated cowl lights had been stolen. The wires were cut leading to the lights and they were removed. Value $5. - Higgins


June 13 - 10:30 a.m. Complaint from Bill Kerr, 117 Broadway that around 2 a.m. this morning someone ran into his high test gas pump, damaging bottom of pump and breaking glass globe on the top. Dave White and party who lives upstairs heard the crash but couldn't get a description of the car. The car that hit the pump will be damaged on the right front, as the car came up from the direction of the St. Regis and after hitting the pump continued out Broadway. - Higgins



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