Monday, August 8, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: August 8

August 8, 1912 – One of the most daring robberies ever perpetrated in southern Minnesota occurred in Owatonna early this morning when L. A. Mosher’s jewelry store was robbed of watches and other articles of jewelry amounting to several hundred dollars. The thief was evidently an expert, as a plate of glass window was cut with a diamond leaving a large hole that the robber used to steal all of the contents in a window display, including three trays of watches, a tray of rings, toilet accessories and many small articles of value.

No possible clue was left as to the identity of the thief, but the police believe he is one of a gang of expert window-cutters and jewelry thieves whose operations in other parts of the Northwest are said to have been extensive. Telegrams have been sent throughout the state to be on the lookout for strangers attempting to dispose of watches or rings. This is the third robbery within the past few weeks on the same patrol beat.

The following evening a man giving his name as Glen Hutchins was arrested in Rochester, Minn. He was believed to be the party who broke into the Mosher jewelry store in Owatonna and stole a number of watches. Hutchins appeared at the Reid Jewelry store and attempted to sell a Howard watch, which aroused the suspicions of George E. Keller, who was in charge of the store at the time. Keller delayed the man until the arrival of officers. Upon being searched, six watches, three watch cases and a necklace were found in his possession.

Hutchins was lodged in the city jail to await the arrival of Owatonna officers.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Owatonna Shop Is Looted. Several Hundred Dollars in Valuables Taken During Early Morning Hours.”; Aug. 9, 1912; p. 2.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Alleged Jewel Thief Held. Rochester Authorities Arrest Man Suspected of Owatonna Crime.”; Aug. 9, 1912; p. 2.


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