Saturday, April 25, 2015

Burglar's Diary

Published in May 1910 in the Evening News out of San Jose, CA

YOUNG BURGLAR CAPTURED AT GLENDALE FOUND
TO KEEP DIARY OF LOOT AND PLACES HE ROBBED
Glendale, May 26. – Melville Hagan, a young burglar captured while breaking into a store early yesterday, supplemented a confession of numerous crimes with a diary, in which a complete record of then appeared, together with an itemized list of the loot. The diary agreed in all particulars with reports made to the Town Marshal by Hagan’s victims. It was kept on stationery of a local chapter of the Epworth League. More interesting than the diary was a list of places where the loot had been sold. This included a number of names and addresses, and a full investigation is being made.
Hagan also surrendered a few visiting cards of Deputy Constable Crowson, together with the latter’s star, which the burglar had removed when he found Crowson asleep in a store which was robbed ten days ago.