Was there a professional criminal traveling around western Monroe County in 1916? This robbery makes it seems as though there was.
Also look at the prices of homes in Brockport. I think that for those days the prices were rather high. The house for rent seems a better deal at $2.50 per week.
THE BROCKPORT REPUBLIC
Thursday, Aug. 10, 1916
SAFE OPENED and BOX STOLEN
Thief Familiar With Vault, Which Was Loose From Safe
No trace as yet has been found of the sneak thief that visited the Brennan & Adams Hardware store on Tuesday noon. Shortly after the employees of the store had left for the noon hour. Mr. Brennan who was working on the books, counted the money and looked over the cash to see if it would be necessary to make a deposit that day, and then returned the box to the safe. This part of the safe was a steel vault about ten inches long which locked with a combination and fitted in to the center of the safe. Ordinarily this box cannot be removed from the safe but at the time of the fire, it had been taken from the safe and removed to safety.
A short time after counting the money, a customer entered the store and Mr. Brennan went with him by elevator to the second floor of the building where they selected a rope and returned to the ground floor. the whole transaction occupied only about three minutes and it must have been during that time that the robbery occurred. From that time on until one o’clock when Mr, Brennan missed the vault, he was in close proximity of the safe which is located about midway between the front entrance and the door. Doors leading from the workroom to the alley stood wide open and it is possible that the thief entered by the rear of the store, or perhaps came in by the back door. But how anyone could have carried out such a bulksome parcel without detection is a puzzle to Mr. Brennan.
The box contained an accommodation of papers covering the past twenty five or thirty years. There were also many notes and checks which have. no value to anyone but the firm of Brennan & Adams and although they have record of them, they will be put to the inconvenience of securing duplicates. However, if the person or persons who took the box would but return it containing the papers, by express, freight r messenger or would even leave it where it might be found, they would be welcome to the money, according to Mr. Brennan’s statement.
The store of Upton & Brown in Spencerport had a similar experience on Monday when a thief broke into the store while Mr. Upton was out at luncheon. They secured about $115, in this case, however. A chisel was used to pry open a secret compartment where the cash was kept. None of he checks were taken. The money drawer was not disturbed as this would have brought the thief in front of the window.
Both robberies would seem to be either the work of professionals or serious well acquainted with the stores. In the case of the Brennan & Adams deal, it would seem peculiar that anyone not acquainted with the store should have discovered that the vault was loose in the foundation and could have been extracted without opening the door.