Thursday, April 13, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 13

April 13, 1921 – Authorities believe that the mystery of continued thefts of merchandise from box cars from the Omaha railroad has been solved with the arrest today in Pipestone, Minn., of Ole Shelrud, 31 years, and his mother, 70.

Shelrud and his mother were found in the railroad yards at midnight by a policeman detailed to watch for the car robbers. A search of their home disclosed a large amount of loot that according to police had been taken from the cars.

Shelrud, according to the authorities, confessed that he carried on a series of box car thefts covering a period of five years. Both Shelrud and his mother are in the Pipestone jail. No formal charges have yet been lodged against them. They are old residents.

Shelrud works for the railroad as a section hand.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Mother and Son Are Held for Box Car Robberies”; April 14, 1921; p. 2.


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