100 Years Ago Today | CLEVER CROOK DUPES LOCAL MERCHANTS Defrauds Three Madera Stores Out of $23 by Means of Fictitious Checks

CLEVER CROOK DUPES LOCAL MERCHANTS Defrauds Three Madera Stores Out of $23 by Means of Fictitious Checks

A clever crook who operated in this city on the Saturday night before Christmas, and who gave his name as H. E. Howard, duped three local stores out of $23 by means of fictitious checks that evening. The stores defrauded, together with the amounts ot the checks which they cashed are: Rosenthal-Kutner Company, $8.25; A. J. Etter, $6.25; Tighe.Breyfogle Company, $8.00 “Howard’s” methods of obtaining the money was the same in ail three stores. He stated that he had recently came to this city from Fresno to make his home. Then he purchased an aiticle of apparel for a little girl amounting to 35 cents and tendered a check made in favor of him, drawn on the First National Bank of this city and signed by one C. N, Johnson. He pocketed the change and walked out. Howard was evidently an old hand at the game as, it is stated, that he displayed no nervousness when making the purchases. He picked the Saturday night before Christmas when local stores were busy and this gave him Sunday and Monday in which to make his escape, before the bank received the bad checks. The thief is described as being 5 feet 6 inches tall, weight about 130, slender, light complexion, smooth shaven and hatchet-faced. The local stores notified City Marshal John Barnett of the crimes this morning and he is working on the case.

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