The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Thursday, August 13, 1936.
Police today are seeking clues to the whereabouts of a man giving his name as Fred Childs who rented a room at the home of Miss Mareia V. Hall, 201 North Hamilton St., and disappeared with seven suits and miscellaneous articles stolen from other roomers in the house Wednesday
The theft, which was not discovered until the roomers, Leo Darling, and Lewis and Ralph Meyers, retuned from work Wednesday afternoon, probably occurred between 7 and 9 a. m. according to Miss Hall. Fingerprints were sought by police, but all upstairs rooms had been cleaned between the time of the theft and its discovery.
The man, about 40 years old, five feet eight inches tall, 150 pounds, paid 50 cents down for a room Thursday night, promising to pay the remainder on receipt of his pay check Wednesday. He carried a large black suitcase, the same in which it appears, he placed the stolen goods Wednesday morning after the roomers had left.
Items stolen from Mr. Darling were an oxford gray suit, a ray summer suit, a blue serge suit, two white shirts, a white gold watch chain, $7. 75 in cash and an Eagle Lodge pin. Lewis Mayes Meyers reported he lost a light gray suit, a dark brown suit, a blue suit and a wrist watch. Ralph Meyers lost a gray suit.