It could appear a few younger males of their early 20s from Logan County determined to journey north to Cleveland to complement their earnings with a little bit theft.
And since they have been touring fairly a distance, they determined to make it value their whereas and rob three companies on a Wednesday night time.
The Motor Inn of Cleveland was one of many locations robbed. Ward Pomeroy and Herman Ahlen, homeowners of the motel, have been the primary to find the theft and took up the pursuit on their very own.
Pomeroy and Ahlen have been aided by a “peculiar tire tread” in monitoring the suspects again to Logan County and proper to their farm about 15 miles southwest of Streeter.
The grime roads of the day, an absence of different visitors and a few rain made the monitoring of the suspect automobile by means of the mud attainable. I don’t assume you might comply with a automobile primarily based on tire tread throughout dozens of miles at the moment.
Someday late Thursday, Pomeroy and Ahlen, now joined by Logan County Sheriff Balger, confronted the thieves at their farm. The lads admitted the crime after which tried to flee.
There could have been a brief foot pursuit and the 2 thieves have been discovered behind a rock pile. One surrendered whereas the opposite “pulled his revolver.”
One of many Cleveland pursuers had a shotgun and, in line with the newspaper experiences, each fired on the identical time.
The thief took a load of shotgun pellets to the top however survived. In a single day, the wounded man and the person who had surrendered have been transported to the Stutsman County Jail and held in cells.
The Friday night version of The Jamestown Alert famous the wounded man had not regained unconsciousness however was nonetheless held in his cell.
The paper additionally famous all of the stolen property had been recovered. About $200 value of “tires, oil, spark plugs, equipment and a shotgun had been taken from the Motor Inn, Runners Oil Station and Ed Weber .
Household of the thieves mentioned that they had meant to take their stolen property and flee to Minnesota for a brand new life.
Each confronted expenses and apparently entered responsible pleas though the newspaper experiences don’t appear to comply with up on the case.
Instances have modified. Roads are higher and it will be not possible to trace a automobile for miles primarily based on even probably the most distinctive tire tread.
And wounded and unconscious suspects aren’t generally held in jail cells ready for his or her restoration.
However most notably, I’m unsure any of the small cities of Stutsman County presently have sufficient companies for any type of wholesale theft kind instances any longer.
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