CLARENCE ARTHUR was born in New Jersey on September 10, 1887. By 1930 he had became a member of the Camden Police Department. At the time of the 1930 Census, Clarence Arthur was living with his brother Herbert at 227 Washington Street.
Clarence Arthur had risen to the rank of Detective by 1927. He was involved in several highly publicized cases, including the February 5, 1934 arrests of a gang of four robbers who had committed $130,00 payroll heist in Penns Grove, and the January 1938 arrest of three serial burglars in Camden.
Clarence Arthur passed away in December of 1969.
|Philadelphia Inquirer - March 16, 1922|
Rapp - James H. Riddle - Charles
H. Ellis - Clarence
George V. Murry - Ira Hall
|Camden Courier-Post * January 14, 1928|
|Camden Evening Courier - January 16, 1928|
MOTIVE AT G.O.P. CLUB SPLITS SLEUTHS
With city and county authorities definitely divided on the motive and circumstance if the Sixth Ward Republican Club slaying, Joseph "Polack Joe" Deven was arraigned in Camden police court today and held without bail on a murder charge.
Through County Solicitor Walter Keown, retained as his attorney, Deven waived a police court hearing and was held to await grand jury action in the slaying of Joseph Cimini, Philadelphia gangster, at the political club early Saturday morning.
At the same time County Prosecutor Ethan P. Wescott announced his operatives had abandoned the theory Cimini was killed as the aftermath of an attempted hold-up, and were concentrating their investigation in the case on an effort to "find the woman'.
Statements of witnesses to the fatal shooting, the prosecutor added, made no mention of a hold-up, but contained the declaration that Cimini had been shot as a result of a feud with Charles "Chick" Hunt, former South Camden pugilist, concerning the affection of "Chick's girl".
Police Claim Holdup
On the other hand, Captain John Golden, chief of the city detective bureau, declared he was unable to recall any mention of a girl in the statements obtained from witnesses, and added emphatically that his department still held the shooting had followed an attempted holdup of the club by Cimini and Joseph 'Mose’ Flannery.
After Deven had appeared in Police Court today, Flannery was arraigned as a material witness and as an accessory to the crime, with an additional charge accusing him of carrying concealed deadly weapons. Similar charges were made against Russell Sage, a taxicab driver, who arrived at the club with Flannery and Cimini early Saturday morning. These two were committed to the county jail without any bail by Judge Bernard Bertman.
Hunt, however, was released under $1,000 bail as was Martin O'Brien, 27 years old, a former New Jersey State Trooper, and Harry Waterhouse, 28 years old, 1102 Marion street.
Three Others Arrested
During the day the police continued to build up their case against Flannery by arraigning him on the charges made by Milton Feinstein and Henry Mehrer. The also arrested Joseph Genther, 29 years old, 414 Atlantic Avenue; Robert Wolfe, 21 years old, 1106 Mechanic Street, and Eli Conaghy, 27 years old, 814 South 6th Street. Wolfe, who is Flannery's brother-in-law, and Genther were held "on suspicion" of having been with "Mose" at the time the latter is declared to have attacked and attempted to rob Mehrer, an Audubon policeman, outside the Ringside Inn, on the Black Horse Pike.
Conaghy, Flannery and Sage were arraigned and held without bail on charges of threatening to kill Feinstein and of carrying concealed deadly weapons. Feinstein declares these three with Cimini, the slain man, entered his cafe on January 2 and attempted to hold him up, threatening to kill him if he refused to “come across”. When he defied them by telling them to “go ahead and shoot”, Feinstein says, they departed.
Two Others Released
Two other men who were questioned in connection with the murder case were in court this man but neither was held. They are Newton Blanchard, 923 St. John Street, a former boxing referee and alleged “stick man” at the crap game declared to have been in progress at the club before the shooting, and Michael Dandrea, 26 years old, of 1657 Norris Street. Both men had been released after questioning on Saturday. Police say they are the men who told police that trouble was imminent at the club and that “Flannery and another fellow are trying to stick up a bunch of other fellows.”
The city police hold-up theory was further attacked today by Francis J. McCarthy, a Philadelphian, who arrived before noon at the county prosecutor’s office and said he would co-operate with the authorities. He wishes to clear the dead man, he said, of the stigma of suspicion that he was slain while engaged in an attempted robbery.
Hearing in Police Court was brief. There was no testimony and Keown merely announced Deven would waive a hearing. Appearing also as attorney for Hunt, O’Brien, and Waterhouse, he said the other three men were “present at the unfortunate shooting” and thus should be held as material witnesses. He added the prosecutor’s office had permitted the release of the three under $1,000 bail each and requested Judge Bertman follow suit. The court acceded to this request but stipulated that new bail must be provided. The three men were freed shortly afterward when the bond was furnished by James Louis, 603 Kaighn Avenue, who had provided the bail yesterday in the prosecutor’s office.
Despite the declaration by two Camden district detectives who were present at the time and who said there was no evidence that gambling was in progress at the club, county detectives disclosed today that statements of the shooting contained the assertion that the men had gathered for a crap game.
These witnesses also declared the fatal shooting resulted from an argument over a woman for whose attention Cimini and Hunt were rivals.
In circles where the leading figures in the shooting move, it was freely predicted things would be fixed up for Deven and that Flannery, political worker and supposed gangster, was to be "made the goat".
Flannery is blamed by the city police for precipitating the battle. he has also been identified, according to County Detective Howard Smith, as one of the men who beat and robbed Henry Mehrer, an Audubon policeman, outside the Ringside Inn on the Black Horse Pike a fortnight ago. In addition, he is charges with attempting to hold up Milton Feinstein, cafe proprietor, 508 Kaighn Avenue. Cimini and Sage were also identified by Feinstein, according to Detective Smith.
According to the version of Cimini's death given in statements by witnesses to county detectives, "Chick" Hunt might have been the victim of the slaying had it not been for Deven's interference.
Gamble Over Affections
Like actors in a carefully-rehearsed drama, the various witnesses to the shooting made their statements nearly twelve hours after the shooting and, both city and county detectives say they agreed in all important aspects. Prosecutor Wescott declared, however, that no mention of an attempted hold-up was made despite the fact that City Detectives Clarence Arthur and Clarence Bunker- before whose eyes Cimini was shot down- stated Flannery and Cimini were holding the other men at bay when the detectives entered the room.
Instead, the statements of the witnesses described the scene as a dramatic gamble, with death as the stake, over the affections of a woman beloved by both Cimini and Hunt. This woman, who is married and estranged from her husband, is being sought today, Prosecutor Wescott said. According to detectives, Hunt was severely beaten last Wednesday night in a downtown gambling place by members of Cimini’s gang. Cimini, known also as Joseph Gannon, was a brother of William Cimini, a pugilist known in the ring as Billy Gannon.
The stories told by the witnesses place Hunt as one of the players in the crap game which was in progress at the club on Saturday morning. Deven was at the window, looking out, according to the witnesses, when he saw a taxicab draw up in front of the building. Flannery, Cimini and Sage descended and entered the club, it was declared.
“Here comes Mose, Chick, with that guy what’s gunnin’ for you” Deven is declared to have shouted.
A dozen gamesters fled from the room. “Chick” and a few of his friends held their ground and were waiting when the trio entered. Cimini, it is stated, walked over to Hunt.
“I told you,” he said with a sneer, “to stay away from that dame. She’s my girl. You were warned and sow you gotta take your medicine..”
Hunt said nothing.
Flannery drew from his pockets two automatics and flung them on the green-topped table, the stories go.
“C’mon, Chick,” he said. Don’t be yella. He toldja about the broad and he toldja what he’d do. Take your gun and shoot it out.”
“I don’t want none of that stuff, Mose,” he pleaded. He eyed Cimini carefully as the latter held one hand on the butt of a pistol which protruded from his belt.
Hunt made no careless movements toward the pistols on the table. Then Deven is declared to have interfered.
“None of that stuff, Mose” he said warningly. “Who’s this guy to come here making trouble? He’s no member, is he?”
Cimini moved quickly, the witnesses say. With an upward flip of his hand he brought the barrel of the automatic sharply against Deven’s chin. The latter lurched forward snatching one of the pistol from the table.
The weapon was discharged, the bullet tearing through Cimini’s heart. He died instantly.
Released from Lakeland
The detectives found Deven cringing with fear under the table, the weapon still in his hand. Four other pistols were picked up in different parts of the room.
Deven was identified as a lovesick husband who appeared in the prosecutor’s office several month’s ago and asked to be “put away”. His wife had left him, he said, and he was afraid he might harm someone.
He was committed to the asylum at Lakeland. When or how he was released is a mystery. Lakeland officials said they had no record of him. Deven once shot himself in a suicide attempt police say, in grief over estrangement from his wife.
Gangdom’s prevailing opinion is that Flannery is “in” for it. Attempts and threats against the blond gangster’s life have furnished many lurid tales for the habitués of downtown hangouts.
Further, Flannery has made many bitter enemies through his political activities. In the last election he worked as a Democrat against “Mikey” Brown in the Eighth Ward. His overbearing tactics and bravado among the other downtown characters has increased the feeling against him, it is said.
Thus far, he has succeeded in keeping out of the toils for any length of time. His police record includes arrests for rum-sunning, carrying concealed weapons, alleged ballot frauds and attempted murder. His most recent arrest came in Philadelphia when he figured in a pistol battle in which a man was slain.
|Camden Evening Courier - September 19, 1928|
Kowal - Lewis
Camden Evening Courier - December 6, 1930
|Camden Courier-Post - February 4, 1933|
'NUMBERS' SUSPECT FREED IN $100 BAIL
Suspected by the police of being a "numbers' writer, Clinton Gilchrist, 25, colored, of 1153 Cooper Street, was held in $100 bail by Acting Police Judge James Smith yesterday for a further hearing next Tuesday.
Gilchrist who is charged with operating a "numbers" lottery was arrested Thursday in an automobile at Eleventh and Cooper streets by Detective Lieutenant Louis Shaw and Detective Clarence Arthur.
In Gilchrist's possession, the detectives say they found some "numbers" slips and "loose coins."
Camden Courier-Post - February 8, 1933
Camden Courier-Post - June 1, 1933
RE-ENACTED; TWO MEN HELD
suspects nabbed late Monday, at Lykens in Dauphin County, Pa., played
the "heavy" roles. Also in the cast were eight women and two
men, employees of the firm. For an hour and 20 minutes the spectacular
robbery was "rehearsed" under the direction of three Camden
curtain was, rung down Leroy Jenkins, 23, who police say has addresses
Street and 1220 Princess
Avenue, and Joseph Putek, 23, said to reside at 1462 Louis
street, were held on suspicion.
They will be questioned further today.
Has Nothing Definite
of Police John W. Golden
admitted he "has nothing on the boys." Detectives Benjamin
Clarence Arthur and Clifford
Del Rossi, however, "were pressing pursuit of
"hunches" and meager clues in attempts to solve the crime.
There were several lines of information they obtained regarding the two
suspects which will bear further study, Simon
has a po1ice record although never convicted according to
police, was questioned previously in connection with the Radio Condenser
"job." He was released at midnight last Saturday. After that the detectives centered attention upon Jenkins. They learned
Jenkins borrowed an automobile from a man who operates a garage in the
1200 block on Atlantic
Avenue. The garageman was reluctant to talk but under
threat of arrest as an accessory he admitted lending a car to Jenkins.
dispatched to police throughout Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware and New
Jersey. The car was halted at Williamsport, Pa. and when Camden police
were identified they were surprised that Putak was Jenkins' companion.
This stirred detectives to renewed vigor in the
probe. They learned the men were planning to visit relatives, of Jenkins
in Williamsport and Pottsville. According to Simon police of both cities say Jenkins is
well known to them.
Williamsport the three detectives learned Putak and Jenkins
visited a vice den and quarreled with a woman over money. They quoted
Jenkins as declaring that he "could buy and sell the joint!'
Had Little Money
two men were returned with the detectives as far as Philadelphia but
refused to cross the river. They were turned over to police there on
suspicion and. brought to this city yesterday afternoon. Taken to the
Radio Condenser plant they were confronted with the ten employees who
were herded in a vault during the holdup last Friday.
several of the employees felt there were certain mannerisms of the
suspects which corresponded with actions of the bandits but confessed
they were unable to definitely identify Putak or Jenkins as the heavily
masked pair who threatened their lives with a revolver and
detectives propose an inquiry to al1 banks in this area in an effort to learn whether safe deposit boxes were leased by
anyone answering the description of the suspects. The money obtained in
the robbery was in bills and change of small denomination,
numbers of the bills were not available.
never convicted Jenkins has a police record. Putak has never been
formally under arrest, but has been questioned by the police in
connection with various cases.
arrested December 18, 1931, charged with larceny of gasoline, and on last July 9 was charged with several robberies.
On April 2, 1931, he was held for the grand jury, charged with manslaughter after his automobile killed Mrs. Mary Cavanaugh, 70, a cook in the service of City Solicitor E. G. C. Bleakly.
Camden Courier-Post - June 2, 1933
SUSPECTS HELD IN PAYROLL HOLD-UP
as suspects in the $11,790 Radio Condenser Company payroll holdup of
last Friday, Leroy Jenkins, 23, and Joseph
Putek, 23, South Camden
police characters, tomorrow will be given a police court hearing.
admit their evidence against the pair is "flimsy" but hope to
be able to hold them in high bail pending further investigation.
declared they have unearthed a South Camden garage man who will testify
at the hearing that he rented a garage to Jenkins, in which a dark
automobile, similar to the one used in the holdup, is stored at the
detectives have also found a special officer, they said, who will
testify to having seen the two suspects riding in a small black car in
the vicinity of the Condenser concern's plant a short time before the
The suspects' mannerisms and voices have been identified by, the ten office employees, victims of the two bandits staging the holdup. Further identification was impossible because the bandits wore hoods over their heads and down to their shoulders.
Camden Courier-Post - June 3, 1933
YOUTHS HELD IN
HOLDUP AT RADIO PLANT
youths, released from Camden county jail, were held by local police
yesterday on suspicion of implication in the $11,790 holdup of the Radio
Condenser Company, Thorne and
streets, last Friday.
denied knowledge of the payroll holdup, detectives said they admitted
having been close pals of Le Roy Jenkins, 23; of 1161 Mechanic Street,
and Joseph Putek, 23, of 1462
Louis Street, who were arrested in Lykens, Pa., on Monday.
and Geda are being held on suspicion but, according to Detectives Clarence Arthur; Benjamin
Simon and Clifford
Del Rossi, they will be charged today with
being material witnesses, while Jenkins and Putek will be charged with
the holdup and will be arraigned in police court.
Geda were arrested yesterday morning on their release from county jail.
They had been committed May 9 by Recorder Joseph Patton, of Haddon
Heights, for 30 days on charges of loitering with intent to steal. They were questioned all
day by detectives.
Detectives said they learned Jenkins and Putek were with Grinkewicz and Geda in Haddon Heights "to do a job" but that the other two disappeared when Grinkeicz and Geda were arrested. Although they were in the county jail at the time, the detectives said they learned they had participated with Jenkins and Putek in planning the Radio Condenser job five weeks ago.
Camden Courier-Post - June 9, 1933
FIFTH SUSPECT HELD IN PAYROLL HOLDUP
A fifth man was arrested in the recent Radio Condenser Company $11,790 payroll holdup and held as a material witness yesterday after city detectives alleged he attempted to escape from them in his automobile. He is Nicholas Kubiak, 34, of 1301 Decatur street, owner of a pool room on the corner of Decatur and Norris streets. Arraigned, before Judge Pancoast in police court, Kubiak was committed to the county jail without bail as a witness.
City Detectives Benjamin Simon, Clifford Del Rossi and Clarence Arthur stated they went to the pool room this morning and told Kubiak he was under arrest. He accompanied them to the sidewalk and suddenly stepped into his own automobile parked at the curb. The detectives said he started the engine, whereupon the police car was driven in front of him so he couldn't move. Simon declared that he jumped on the running board of Kubiak's car and reached in to grab the ignition key. Kubiak tried to push him off the running board. Simon said, and the key was obtained only after a tussle.
Simon said he has three statements signed by persons who charged they heard Kubiak declare the holdup was planned in his poolroom and that Leroy Jenkins and Joseph Putek were the actual bandits. Jenkins and Putek are charged with the holdup and are held under $3000 bail each. The bail was fixed by Prosecutor Baldwin.
Simon stated he previously had questioned Kubiak, but could learn nothing to warrant holding the man until he received the statements late last night. Simon said if he had been able to obtain the statements prior to yesterday, he doubted that bail would have been fixed so low.
Two other youths, arrested as material witnesses in the case, were released by Prosecutor Baldwin today under $500 bail each. They are Leon Grenkwicz, 18, of 1469 Louis Street, and Stanley Geda, 19, of 1273 Whitman avenue.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 14, 1933|
|FLORIST SHOP RAID TRAPS NUMBERS
Police Believe Hunt for Racket Headquarters Ended; 4 Are Arrested
A three-month search for "number's" headquarters in Camden was believed ended today when
The others arrested in the raid gave their names as Charles Selanski, 23, of 1286 Sheridan Street; Leon Babrowski, 22, of 1209 Lansdowne Avenue, and Frank Gromacki, 27, of 1411 Mt. Ephraim Avenue. Several "pickup men," who have been arrested while carrying money and numbers slips, according to Shaw, were linked with the ring. The principals, however, had managed to escape detection.
The flower shop, Shaw said, is operated by Joseph Haleski, and was used as a "blind" for the lottery racket.
Klosterman was released last night in $1000 bail for a hearing today on a charge of operating a numbers lottery. The others were all released in $100 cash security as material witnesses..
|Camden Courier-Post - June 17, 1933|
STORES, HOMES LOOTED; RADIO, PENNIES TAKEN
Burglars who broke into two stores and a private home Thursday night got exactly $2.50, a radio, and some cigars for their trouble.
At the store of Basile Constantine, 402 Berkley Street, cigars valued at $1.50 were stolen by the intruders, who forced a rear shutter. Michael Kelly, of 11 South Fourth Street, reported his store was broken Into and $2.50 in pennies stolen. Entrance was gained through a rear window. James Hayes, of 1287 Decatur Street, told the police his radio set was stolen by the thieves after they entered his house through a rear window.
Camden Courier-Post - June 21, 1933
Mysterious Piece of Paper' Enlivens Numbers Trial Here
A mysterious piece of paper yesterday precipitated a verbal battle between Assistant Prosecutor William C. Gotshalk and Defense Attorney Walter S. Keown upon opening of the trial of Joseph and Fred Klosterman on charges of number writing. They were placed on trial before Judge Samuel M. Shay and a crlminal court jury.
Acting Lieutenant Louis Shaw, of the city detective bureau, testified of a raid on the Klosterman saloon at Mechanic and Green streets and an adjacent house at 1312 Green street. The witness identified a brief-case containing numbers slips and also a postal card addressed to "F. Klosterman."
When Shaw was turned over to Keown for cross-examination, the defense counsel reached into the case, pulled out a piece of paper and asked how it had gotten into the bar. When Shaw said he had put it there, Keown declared:
"Well, put it into your pocket. It has nothing to do with this case."
Shaw refused, whereupon Keown rolled it up into a ball and put it in his own pocket. At this, Gotshalk angrily demanded to see the paper, but Keown declared that "you can't see this until after the jury has gone out." When Gotshalk insisted, Keown said he would give it to Judge Shay. He threw it on the judge's desk, but Judge Shay, who was smiling broadly, made no move to take it. Gotshalk then reached out to get the paper, but Keown was quicker retrieving it and placing it in his pocket again.
"What right have you to take a state exhibit and place it in your pocket?" Gotshalk queried heatedly. "I want that paper."
"I'll show it to Judge Shay," parried Keown.
"I don't want to see it," laughed Judge Shay, as Keown paced around the courtroom, followed by Gotshalk.
"It has nothing to do with this case," repeated Keown.
And there the matter stood.
Shaw testified that he, Detective Clarence Arthur and Patrolman John Kaighn entered the saloon December 10, and went out the back door. They followed a path to the Green street house, broke down the door and found Henry Pogrozewski, 17, and his mother burning numbers slips in a stove. Shaw said he recovered a half basket of slips.
Mary King, deputy city clerk, testified that at the time of the raid the license for the saloon was in Joseph Klosterman's name.
Shaw's testimony was corroborated by Arthur and Kaighn. Shaw was then recalled to the stand and related that as the three detectives went from the saloon to the other house, the Klosterman brothers followed them and demanded to know "why the dicks are always picking on us."
The case will be resumed this morning. .
Camden Courier-Post - June 22, 1933
KLOSTERMAN BOYS FOUND GUILTY IN NUMBERS CASE
A jury returned a guilty verdict against the two South Camden sportsmen-brothers at 6:25 p. m., after deliberating only a short while.
Both were in the courtroom when the verdict was announced, but were allowed to depart under bail pending sentence later by Judge Samuel M. Shay.
delivered his charge to the jury after denying motions by Walter S.
Keown, defense counsel, first to quash the indictment on grounds
Called 'Big Shots'
The two brothers were character ized as "big shot numbers barons" by Assistant Prosecutor William C. Gotshalk in his closing argument to the jury.
Referring to a woman and her son, who were burning numbers slips when raiders entered the establishment, Gotshalk said: .
"They might ask us why we don't have that woman and her 17-yearold son on trial here. When the police make an arrest the public wants to know why we don't get the big shots. Well, here they are," pointing at the Klostermans. "Here are the big shots,"
The Klosterman saloon, Mechanic and Green Streets, was raided December 10 by city detectives who testified Tuesday they followed a footpath to an adjacent house at 1312 Green Street. They broke down the door and found a woman and her son burning numbers slips. Acting Lieutenant Louis Shaw, of the city detective bureau, testified he recovered some of the slips and also found a brief case containing numbers slips and a post card addressed to "F. Klosterman." Detective Clarence Arthur and Patrolman John Kaighn corroborated Shaw's testimony.
Says He Was Visitor
The defense opened with Joseph Klosterman on the stand. He testified he had nothing to do with the saloon when it was raided, but merely happened to be in there for a drink when the raiders entered. He said he had owned the saloon for three and a half years but sold it last July for $100. He never had any connection with the Green Street house, he declared. He is now a plumber, Klosterman averred.
When Assistant Prosecutor Gotshalk asked him if he had ever been convicted of crime, Keown asked that the jury be withdrawn as he wanted to make another motion. Court then recessed.
When court resumed Mrs. Anna Pogroszewski, of the Green street address, took the stand. She testified the Klostermans were not connected with her home in any manner. She testified she had rented a room to a man named "Tommy" and all the numbers apparatus was his. When he moved out, he left the slips and adding machines there, she said, and she had cleaned out his room and was burning the papers when the raiders arrived.
Fred Klosterman, who resides at 1255 Decatur Street, denied he was a "numbers baron" and said he merely "happened" to be there on the day of the raid. Under cross-examination he admitted having pleaded guilty to slot machine charges in June of last year.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 22, 1933|
Cash Stolen from Under Rug; Boarder Gets Jail Sentence
"Keeping your money under the rug is just about as safe as putting the key to your front door under the mat. It's the first place thieves look."
That was what police Judge Pancoast told Forma Senchuk, of 1900 Fillmore Street, who appeared against Anthony Stricko, 48, of the same address, and accused him of stealing $160 which he had hidden under the carpet.
Senchuk testified that he placed the money under the carpet several weeks ago. It was in $20 bills, he said, and he thought nothing of it until Stricko, a
Detective Clarence Arthur testified that four $20 bills were found in Stricko's trunk and that he arrested Stricko on complaint of Senchuk on charges of stealing the money.
Stricko denied stealing the money and said the bills which Arthur found were given him by a woman who had been keeping $200 for him. He said he drew the money out of the postal savings fund two years ago and gave it to the woman.
Pancoast found Stricko guilty of the theft and sentenced him to three months in the county jail. He instructed Senchuk to refrain from putting his
|Camden Courier-Post - June 28, 1933|
TAXI DRIVER HELD UP BY PASSENGER BUT HE FAILS TO GET MONEY
A taxicab passenger last night held up Alfred K. Shawcross, the driver, of 820 North Seventh Street, at Front and Federal streets, but obtained no money because Shawcross had none.
Shawcross told Detective Clarence Arthur the bandit, about five feet seven inches tall, weighing 145 pounds, wearing a brown suit and no hat, approached him at Sixth and Market streets and asked to be driven to Front and Federal streets.
When the passenger alighted he pressed a pistol against Shawcross and demanded his money. Shawcross told him he was making his first trip of the night and had nothing. The bandit ran east on Third Street and disappeared.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 29, 1933|
Trapped in Boulevard Garage Ram Through Auto Doors and Flee
Shortly after burglars rammed a stolen car through the locked doors of a Collingswood garage early yesterday and fled before shots from police revolvers, one suspect was arrested in Camden and the discovery made that one of the burglars was wounded.
The burglars, either two or three, were surprised shortly before 3:30 a. m. by Sergeant William Ruth and Patrolman Earl Wilson at the Airport Garage, Crescent Boulevard near Haddon Avenue. Three-quarters of an hour after police left the darkened garage, a woman declared she saw a man run from it, his right arm bound in a handkerchief.
Geda is also suspected by Collingswood police of implication in the theft of three new automobiles last Tuesday from the show rooms of the Community Motors at 622 Haddon Avenue.
Recorder Herbert R. Schooley committed him without bail last night for a further hearing today so that police would have time in which to check Geda's fingerprints against specimens taken from the three recovered automobiles.
Ruth and Wilson were touring Collings wood in a police car when they found a parked car in the rear of the garage on City Line avenue.
Wilson went to the front of the garage, gun drawn, and called to Patrolman Samuel Bell, who was stationed on the Crescent BoulevardHaddon Avenue corner. When he returned to the garage, Ruth was entering through a window. Wilson went to another window, in time to see a man inside walking toward Ruth.
When the man refused, to halt, Ruth fired and the intruder fell, presumably wounded. Just what happened after that is uncertain because the garage was dark, and many cars were parked inside at all angles. At the sound, of a shot another man, ran downstairs and a large sedan, parked facing the locked front doors, was started. Before Ruth or Wilson could interfere, the machine rammed its way through the doors and to the boulevard, nearly hitting Bell.
As the car sped away, it was fired on by the three policemen.
Three-quarters of an hour later Mrs. Charles Pinto, of Crescent Boulevard and Haddon Avenue, saw a man run from the garage, his right arm bound in a handkerchief. Mrs. Pinto called to policemen but the wounded man escaped.
Police had thought he was one of two men who escaped in the car. The bandits' original car was abandoned where it was parked.
Tools, including an electric drill, were found on the floor near the doorway, apparently ready for loading into a machine. The tools included cutters, a hack saw and other equipment. An attempt was being made, it was said, to steal a new car and one of the burglars was attempting to exchange a new battery for the get-away when the police appeared:
Geda was arrested when a car said to have been in his possession and owned by the Watson Shallcross Company was found parked near his home without tags. The arrest was made by Robert Ashenfelter and Clarence Arthur, city detectives.
Geda was arrested as a material witness in the Radio Condenser Company holdup a few weeks ago and is still under bail..
|Camden Courier-Post - August 11, 1933|
51 Arrested in Horse
Race 'Bookie' Raid
Joseph "Joe" Wenzell's horse race bookmaking establishment at 219 Market street was raided yesterday by police.
Fifty-one men, including Wenzell, were arrested as the raiders seized form-sheets, telephones, adding-machines and an elaborate loudspeaking system. used to announce "the winners" from a rear office.
About $50 in cash was picked up by police as they guarded all doors and windows to prevent a rush for the exits.
Wenzell, 50, gave his address as that of the raided place. He was released after the raid in $200 security, charged with operating a gambling establishment, for a police court hearing today.
Wenzell filed the bail, then peeled $500 from a large roll to place as bail for the others arrested, all held as material witnesses. They were freed at the rate of $10 each, also to appear today.
Detectives Clarence Arthur and
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|Camden Courier-Post - August 15, 1933|
TWO MEN NABBED AS NUMBERS AIDES
Nicholas Scarduzio, 32, of 427 Emerald Street, and Joseph Tavolieri, 33, of 421 Emerald Street, were arrested yesterday afternoon by Detectives Clarence Arthur, Clifford Del Rossi and Benjamin Simon on charges of collecting numbers slips.
Slips totaling $25 were found in Scarduzio's possession. Tavolieri had only a few. The arrests were made near Fourth Street and Ferry Avenues. They will be arraigned in police court today before Judge Garfield Pancoast.
|Camden Courier-Post - August 16, 1933|
COP IS FINED AS NUMBERS COLLECTOR
Nicholas Scarduzio, 32, of 427 Emerald Street, a former policeman, and Joseph Trevolini, 31, of 421 Emerald Street, were fined $25 each by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast yesterday on charges of collecting numbers slips.
|Camden Courier-Post - May 12, 1934|
|BANDITS BEAT AND BIND AGED MAN, GET $150|
January 24, 1938
examining recovered guns and valuables
|Camden Courier-Post - January 24, 1938|
Camden Courier-Post - February 10, 1938
YOUTHS ARRESTED AS HOLDUP SUSPECTS
Police believed they had frustrated the formation of hoodlum bandit mob yesterday with the arrest of five South Camden youths after a holdup of a grocery store at Tenth Street and Ferry Avenue.
Two of the five suspects were identified by the grocer, John Jacobs, as the bandits who entered his store at 960 Ferry Avenue, held him up at gun point and escaped with $23.95. , Jacobs told Detectives Heber McCord and Clarence Arthur that he recognized one of the bandits as Anthony Mona, 19, of 947 South Third Street, a former boxer, whom he saw fighting in the ring, McCord said.
After questioning by McCord and Arthur, Mona implicated the others. They are Dominick Spinagotti, 17, of 251 Mt. Vernon street; Vito Brandimorto, 20, of 245 Chestnut Street; Salvatore Martorano, 21, of 344 Cherry Street, and Victor Labato, 19, of 274 Mt. Vernon street.
Mona was searched in the detective bureau. Police found $6.65 in change in his pockets. The others were rounded up at their homes by Detective Sergeant Benjamin Simon and Detectives Joseph Mardino and Robert Ashenfelder.
According to Simon the youths were "just beginning to embark on a career of crime."
When the others were brought to the detective bureau for questioning, all but $2 of the loot was recovered, Detective McCord said.
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