An Audacious Thief

The Skidmore Standard rarely had the chance to report on crime, let alone publish a police blotter, but that all changed, temporarily, in January 1899.  From the January 20, 1899 Skidmore Standard, page 1:

An Audacious Thief

A very bold theft was committed on our streets last Saturday evening just about dark.  Link Murray drove his team up to the post in front of the post office and left it standing while he went in the office to get his mail.  He was in the office only a few minutes, but when he came out to his wagon he discovered that a sack of flour and three sacks of meal had been taken from it.  No trace of the stolen goods could be discovered.  It is the supposition that some one living in the country came along and transferred the breadstuff from Mr. Murray’s wagon into his own rig and drove off with it.  Such occurrences are very unusual in Skidmore.  The farmers have always left articles and goods in their vehicles while in town with perfect safety and it is to be hoped that they may enjoy the same security in the future.