Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Thieves rob restaurant of Charles Pullen

This story was published by the Daily Ypsilanti Press on Tuesday, October 11, 1921.

Charles R. Pullen’s restaurant was robbed early this morning of $20, the theft occurring between 2:30 and 4 o’clock. The thieves gained entrance by breaking the glass in the front door just below the lock, reaching in and unlocking the door and then opening the cash drawer.

When the night watchman left at 2:30 he noticed two men in a car who followed him several blocks, and he thought they going to ask him to ride. However, they soon turned in another direction. At 4 o’clock in the morning the police found the broken glass and called Mr. Pullen up and telling him to come down and see if any thing was missing.

The glass was broken by a pop bottle, which ws discarded in the street. Pieces of glass were found at the other side of the lunch room when Mr. Pullen arrived. The drawer had been opened by someone who knew the combination, as the register was not broken.

The robbery is blamed to two strangers who appeared around town yesterday, apparently taking a look at things on North Washington Street. They went into Gilmore’s once, and into Hughes plumbing establishment three times, in both cases going to the rear of the store before anyone had a chance to ask what they wanted. They were also seen at the back of the stores, trying the doors once or twice. Practically everyone along the west side of that block noticed them, and it is thought that they were undoubtedly the ones who robbed Mr. Pullen. One of the men was tall, and wore a oravanet overcoat, the other was a shorter man without an overcoat.

This is the second time in two months that Mr. Pullen’s restaurant has been entered. The first time entrance was gained through the rear.

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