Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Police Break Up Tire Theft Ring

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Wednesday, October 9, 1935.

An automobile tire and wheel theft ring is believed broken by police with arrest of Nathaniel Harris, 19, 528 Harriet St., a 15 year old companion who also lives on Harriet St., and Benjamin Turner, 25, 531 Second Ave., who alleged to have received the stolen property.

Harris entered a plea of guilty to a charge of simple larceny when arraigned before Justice A. M. Vandersall in municipal court Tuesday afternoon and was sentenced to 60 days in county jail. His young companion was given the opportunity to join colored CCC camp and no other court action was taken against him. He had admitted helping Harris steal three tires and wheels from residents on Monroe Ave. and Hawkins St. here.

Turner was taken before Justice Vandersall on a charge of receiving and buying stolen goods to the value of less than $50, but denied his guilt. He demanded examination which was set for Oct. 15, and when Turner could not furnish bond of $500 he was committed to county jail to await the hearing.

The tires had been stolen in the last three weeks and the arrest of the trio followed a subsequent investigation by Sgt Ernest Klavitter into the theft of approximately 100 chickens from William Campbell, 434 Harris St., this weekend.

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