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Title: Burglars-The County Safe Broken Into-The Thieving Rascals get Nothing-They Make Their Escape.
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Yesterday morning between the hours of 1 and 5, or thereabouts, the safe in the County Treasure's Office was broken into by some unknown scoundrels. This makes the third time this thing has been attempted, and with like results to the perpetrators, as the two proceeding ones. The safe is a Dodd burglar proof, and from appearances would lead the casual observer to believe it invulnerable, but that this is the opinion or belief of the professional, we will not say. The tools used were blacksmith's, and consisted of a sledge hamer and cold-chisels taken from the shop of Copper Pomeroy. The out-side doors were wrenched open at the lock, the iron strips binding the edges of the doors and covering the combination lock were torn loose exposing to view the works, which were then broken by means of the sledge hamer or a lever. After getting through the first doors they next attempted to force open the second set of doors, but the room for using their tools being small gave them little advantage, and they were able to only partially open them. Even had they succeeded in opening the second set of doors, there is another door which they would have been compelled to brake open before they could obtain anything; and the time they had for working growing beautifully less, we suppose, they became uneasy, and thinking that flight the better for their business accordingly flighted.--We are informed by Mr. High, that as far as can be ascertained, the thieves got nothing. A package of money was found in the morning, on the floor, containing twenty-five dollars, which they had, among a lot of papers, which were in the safe at the time, pulled out in order doubtless to find money; but this they missed. The scamps entered the office through the door, the door being opened by the key carried by one of his deputies-Mr. Tom Smith. Mr. Smith on Tuesday evening was at the auction, and had his key in his over-coat pocket, and it is supposed that these men were there also, and knowing Smith, and that he was connected with the office, discovered by some means the whereabouts of the key on the person of Smith, stole it, and thus made there entrance an esay matter. Smith did not miss the key until the next morning, when it was found in the door of the office. In order to show no light they took the curtains from the Court House windows, and shaded the windows of the office. Several persons who has their lodgings near, were not wakened by the noise, and nothing was known of the affair until morning; it is supposed they muffled the tools.

Date: 4/21/1870
Origin: Warren Republican
Record ID: 00003010
Type: Periodical
Source Archive: Warren County Historical Society
Date Entered: 3/7/2011
Collection: Newspaper Clipping Scrapbook
Entered By: WCHS

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