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Sears manager thwarts safecrackers, 1949

Posted on May 21, 2018 | in Uncategorized | by

W. E. Bishop, manager of Sears, Roebuck and Company farm store on East Main Street, posed in June 1949, with a sledge hammer, crowbar and screwdriver that thieves left behind while attempting to break into a safe. Bishop surprised two thieves in the act of breaking open the safe when he returned to the store after closing hours. The two burglars escaped through a rear door and jumped in a car and sped away. Police suspected they were the same gang that had pulled six successful safe robberies in town the previous five months. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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