Saturday, December 1, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 1

December 1, 1904 – Three men were arrested today by Minneapolis police for burglary: Ed Johnson, Harry Gilmore and A. W. Holmes.

According to Minneapolis Detectives Helin and Hansen, the trio trained young, small boys in the art of entering windows, pushing the miniature accomplices through small openings and then having them open the rear door from the inside. The rest was easy. The doors open, the burglars were free to ransack the premises, store way the plunder, and then, with their small friends in tow, move along to the next place due to be violated.

Several burglaries of this character, the police say, have been traced to Johnson, Gilmore and Holmes. The principal affair was the robbery of Larimee’s harness shop on Fourth Street South, on Thanksgiving Day, when fur coats and gloves worth about $400 were taken. The goods have been recovered by the detectives, who are now trying to connect the men with the burglary of F.S. Gold’s store at 312 First Avenue North.

The three men are now held at the Minneapolis central police station, while attempts are being made to locate the youngsters who assisted the men in the commission of their crimes.

St. Paul Globe; “Trio Accused of Bill Sykes Methods. Minneapolis Police Say Men Used Small Boys to Open Doors.”; Dec. 2, 1904; p.1.

Oliver is menaced by Bill Sykes in the 1948 version of Oliver Twist

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