From the New York Times, May 25, 1882:
A WARNING TO LADIES WHO CARRY THEIR PURSES EXPOSED IN THE STREETS.
Mrs. Mary McDonald, of No. 454 West Thirty-fourth-street, was passing along Thirtieth-street, near Fourth-avenue, shortly after 6 o’clock on Tuesday evening, when she was suddenly seized by a young ruffian, who tried to wrench her purse from her hand.
Mrs. McDonald resisted, and in the struggle the purse fell to the ground. The thief stooped to pick it up, and Mrs. McDonald seized him by the throat. He succeeded in breaking away from her, and ran along the street into a stable at No. 8 East Thirty-first-street. At this juncture, Detective Dunlop, of the Twenty-ninth Precinct, appeared upon the scene and entered the stable in pursuit of the thief. He caught sight of the end of a pocket-book sticking up from among the straw of one of the stalls. Stepping in the take possession of it he trod upon the form of the fugitive, who was concealed beneath the straw.
The detective took him to the station-house, where he gave the name of Henry Walters, aged 18, of No. 450 West Forty-first-street. Three five-dollar bills were found concealed in the lining of his hat. He was arraigned in the Jefferson Market Police Court and held for trial.
Miss Amy Townsend, of No. 9 West Twenty-ninth-street, was attacked on Friday evening last in East Twentieth-street, near Fifth-avenue, in the same manner as was Mrs. McDonald. Her pocket-book was stolen. Believing Walters to be responsible for this offense also, Detective Schmittberger, of the Twenty-ninth Precinct, caused him to be confronted with Miss Townsend. Although she declined to state positively that he was her assailant.
Mrs. Abbie Van Voorhis, who resides at Audubon Park, Western Boulevard and One Hundred and Fifty-fifth-street, was passing along West Thirty-second-street, near Sixth-avenue, shortly before 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon, when her pocket-book, containing $23.47, was snatched from her by John Wilson, of No. 216 West Twenty-seventh-street. A man who witnessed the proceeding followed the thief and gave him in charge of Officer Hulse, of the Twenty-ninth Precinct. At the station-house the pocket-book was found on the prisoner’s person. He was arraigned in the Jefferson Market Police Court and held for trial in $1,000 bail.
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