S.L. Girl Turns Bandit; Admits Raid on Bank

Leads Bakersfield, Cal., Police to Caches Which Yield $2832 as Her Share of the Loot

Eleanor Walling Gave Salt Lake and Ogden Officers Wild Chase After Sliding Down Roof

BAKERSFIELD, Cal., May 2.—Eleanor Walling, bobbed haired and 20, has admitted she was implicated in the robbery of the State bank at Taft, Cal., last March, in which $5460 was stolen and $30,000 overlooked, and has led authorities to two caches, which yielded $2832 of the loot. The sum represented her share, she said. The young woman has steadfastly refused to implicate two men under arrest as accomplices. She was married in Los Angeles, police say, and had also been arrested in Salt Lake City two years ago for robbery.

Eleanor Walling, alias Wallingford, is regarded by local city detectives, by whom she is well known, as one of the cleverest woman crooks of the West.

The woman was first arrested by Utah officers at Promontory Point after Ogden policemen had pursued her in a wild chase on handcars over the Southern Pacific right of way early in April 1923. She was charged with complicity in the burglary of the Violin Exchange, 157 ½ Regent street, where several valuable violins were stolen by Raymond Lano, alias De Lano, and the girl.


Eleanor was traced to Ogden, where she slid down a sheet iron roof from her room in a hotel as officers were smashing in the door of the room to effect her capture. The chase led to the railroad yards and thence to the westbound right of way of the Southern Pacific.

Eleanor was returned to Salt Lake and incarcerated in the city jail. She made a plea the musical instruments were only stolen because of her love for music and she had no violin. A citizen gave the girl a violin, and she is said to have studiously applied herself to the instrument in her cell-studio from that time until her trial on a charge of robbery. Witnesses failed to appear against her and the case was dismissed while Lano was sentenced to a term in the county jail.


Eleanor Walling was next heard of by local police officers in California on a charge of attempting to defraud the government by claims of a failure to receive registered packages at the post office.

At one time in Hollywood, local officers claim, she was charged with complicity in the holdup and shooting of a café proprietor. The girl was acquitted, but her companion was held for trial.

While confined in the Los Angeles county jail on this charge, Eleanor again broke into print by writing a theatrical sketch, “For Her Honor,” which was produced by prison talent in the jail on December 26, 1923.

Source: Salt Lake Telegram, May 2, 1924.

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