Two Are Caught About To Enter Filling Station

Are Surprised by Neighbor Who Holds Them For Police.

Surprising two youthful bandits as they were about to enter the Richardson filling station at Fourth and Spring streets. Elmer E. Wagner, second-hand dealer, held them prisoners at the point of a gun while his mother ran to police headquarters for aid, Sunday evening.

And on Monday morning he saw the pair—Roy Howard and Leo Rorick—arraigned in police court, and bound over to the circuit court.

Police believe that the capture of the pair may solve a number of petty robberies in the north end of town. Howard and Rorick, however, have admitted none of the jobs of which they are suspected.

Two Were Hiding.

The attempted burglary of the filling station at the northeast corner of Fourth and Spring streets occurred at about 10 o’clock Sunday evening. Wagner, who lives adjacent to the station, heard the crash of falling glass and ran to the corner to investigate. He found Howard and Rorick hiding behind oil containers near the station and commanded them to “stick ‘em up.” Then he summoned his mother and sent her for the police. She ran to headquarters and Detectives Kurz and Wilson accompanied her on the return trip to the scene.

Glass had been broken from two windows of the filling station on the north and east sides, it was found. It was apparent that Wagner arrived on the scene a moment after the glass had been broken out as the accused burglars had not had opportunity to enter the building.

Source: Quincy Herald Whig, February 5, 1934.

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