1931-1935 Youths Charged with Car Theft

Youths Charged with Car Theft

Am I the only one who – thanks to “My Cousin Vinny” – hears “yoots” whenever I read “youths?”  

Anyway, here’s another article where Pop feels “compelled” to be a hero. Again.  I believe this article is from August 1933.

YOUTHS CHARGED WITH CAR THEFT

1931-1935 Youths Charged with Car TheftSay They Took It From White Beeches Club

Two youths, picked up in Ridgefield yesterday as suspicious persons, were surrendered to the Haworth police last night to answer a charge of stealing an automobile.  The prisoners gave their names as Edward Fischer, 21 years old, 62 Grand Avenue, Dumont, and Arthur Stean, 18, or New Jersey Avenue, Bergenfield.

The car which the police charge the pair with stealing belonged to C. T. Gay, 1 Harriet Avenue, Palisades Park and was taken Thursday, Aug. 3, from in front of the White Beeches Golf Club. Haworth.  According to Chief Edward Menze of Haworth, the car was driven to Maine by the youths, where it was abandoned.  The boys then hitch-hiked back to New Jersey and were apparently on their way home when caught in Ridgefield.

Both boys, said Menze, have confessed to stealing the machine, claiming that they merely took it to have a “joy ride.”  They have been booked on a charge of the larceny of an automobile and today will be turned over to County authorities.

The Haworth police chief claims that Fischer has been implicated in several robberies in the vicinity of Haworth and Dumont.  Stean however has no record as far as the police can learn.

The capture of the two was made by Sergeant Walter Gallagher of the Ridgefield Department who learning from neighboring police that two suspicious looking characters were headed for this borough immediately went out in search of the pair.  He located them sitting on the tracks of the Northern Railroad of New Jersey apparently asleep.  When he approached the two he was compelled to rouse them from their slumbers.  A few minutes after they left the track a New York bound train passed the spot where they were found.

When questioned the boys would admit nothing and immediately Sergeant Gallagher sent out an alarm which brought Chief Menze of Haworth to Ridgefield.  He recognized Fischer as a youth whom he had arrested before and began questioning the two.  After several hours, Menze says, they confessed, claiming that they abandoned the car on a road in Maine when one of the tires went flat.  Before the arrest of the boys the car had been located and will probably be returned to the owner shortly.

 

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