Reino
Thompson


REINO A. THOMPSON was in the public eye in the early 1930s in Camden. He was acquitted of the charge of murder in April of 1930, having slain his father, Frederick Thomson, when he assaulted him and his mother Hilda. 

Reino Thompson engaged in a series of armed robberies which ended in his arrest in 1931. He was convicted of robbery and sentenced to a term in prison by Judge Samuel M. Shay in October of 1931.

 


Camden Courier-Post * October 21, 1931

JURY IS SELECTED FOR HOLDUP TRIAL
Thompson and Mallett Are Charged With Robbing Bus Drivers

A jury was selected yesterday to hear testimony in the trial of Reino A. Thompson, 19, of 805 Linden street, and Henry N. Mallett, 21, of 119 North Ninth street, on an indictment charging them with holding up and robbing two bus drivers at Haddonfield Road and Park Avenue, Pennsauken, August 5, last.

Thompson was exonerated of killing his father, Frederick, 45, April 9 last. He pleaded self-defense before Judge Shay at that time. He alleged his father attacked him and his mother.

The police charge Thompson has confessed to 13 robberies in Camden and Gloucester Counties and implicated Mallett in them. However, Thompson pleaded not guilty after his indictment.

Thompson and Mallett are going on trial for holding up and robbing Leon Garringer, 4725 Poplar Avenue, Pennsauken, and Fred Crowder, 6308 Shelbourne Street, Philadelphia, while they were seated in a bus at the end of a route at 11 p. m. It is alleged they took $20 from Garringer and $15 from Crowder at the point of revolvers. They are said to have made their escape in a coupe.

Thompson was captured by Merchantville police near Maple Shade after Mallett's car ran into a ditch after a chase. Mallett is said to have escaped and was arrested later in a house at Lansdowne Avenue near Norris Street.

The car the pair used in the hold­up is said to have been stolen from Warren F. Marshall, Paulsboro.


Camden Courier-Post - October 23, 1931

BUS BANDITS FOUND GUILTY; FACE 15 YEARS
Thompson and Mallet Convicted
of Robbing Drivers in Short Time

'CONFESSION' FORCED, DEFENDANT DECLARES
Juror Slugged, Case Goes on With Eleven in the Box

Reino A. Thompson, 19, of 805 Linden Street, and Henry N. Mallet, 21, of 119 North Ninth Street, were both found guilty of highway robbery by a jury in Criminal Court yesterday after one hour and 20 minutes' deliberation.

The maximum penalty for this crime is 15 years in state prison. Judge Samuel M. Shay will sentence the pair next week.

At the opening of the case yesterday, it was revealed that one of the jurors had his head bandaged. An inquiry 

from the court brought out the fact that the juror had received two alleged beatings and was "put on the spot."

Judge Shay allowed the man to leave the jury box and proceeded with 11 persons, an unprecedented situation in the history of the county court.

Mallett Scores Police

Thompson in his testimony exonerated Mallet of the crime and told the jurors he did the robbery. Mallet, who had made a signed confession, which was introduced into court, testified he was given rough tactics by the police and compelled to sign the statement.

Mallet said that at the time of the, robbery he was eating in a Camden restaurant. Later he met Thompson.

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