Burglary at Burlington Junction, 1911

There weren’t all that many crime reports in the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), but when one appeared, it was often quite a story.  Here’s one from the June 8, 1911 edition, page 1:

Rees Hardware Store Burglarized at Junc.

Store Entered Saturday Night, May 27.  “Happy” Greenelch, Arrested, Now in County Jail.

The C. J. Rees hardware store at Burlington Junction was burglarized Saturday night, May 27, a lot of pocket knives, razors and other cutlery taken.  A few days afterward a traveling salesman saw a young man selling pocket knives on the streets at Napier, and his curiosity was aroused and on closer examination found the goods to contain the Rees Hardware cost mark, a mark he was familiar with, and telephoned the company, asking them if they had missed anything from their store.  They answered yes, and the young man was “spotted” and found to be a Burlington Junction lad by the name of Parnell Greenelch, or familiarly called “Happy.”

When he returned this week at his home, Mr. Rees “sweated” him and asked him and he confessed to entering the store, and told Mr. Rees that a prat of the goods was in his grip at his father’s home in the Junction.  Mr. Rees went to the house and asked for the grip, and found it to contain a lot of knives, razors, etc. from his store.

The sheriff was informed and came to the Junction Tuesday evening placing young Greenelch under arrest and took him to Maryville where he was incarcerated in the county bastile to await his hearing.