Shelby County Indiana
The Indianapolis Star
Attempts of a man to win freedom for his partner already under arrest is said by the police to have been responsible for the arrest yesterday of Joseph Eden, alias Charles Jones, an alleged automobile thief, 29 years old, of Muncie, Ind.
May 5, 1917
ATTEMPTS TO AID
PARTNER; IS HELD
Joseph Eden, Alleged Automobile
Thief, Arrested When Stolen
Car Is Discovered.
Claude M. Worley, special investigator in the Criminal Court, received a mysterious telephone call Wednesday night, telling him that an automobile, of which Charles R. Duffey of Muncie, Ind., had been accused of stealing, could be found in a garage in North Delaware street. The police were informed by Worley of the telephone call and Detectives Rugenstein and McMurtry found the automobile referred to in the garage.
Arrested for Disguising Car.
Duffey was arrested several days ago when books belonging to Miss Gladys Myers, a school teacher living at New Augusta, were found in the man's garage at Muncie. The detectives discoveed that the number on the car was the same as the one which had been on Miss Myers's automobile, but when the teacher went to the garage to identify the machine, she found that the number had been stamped on the automobile by the thieves and that the car did not belong to her.
Eden had been suspected of bringing the car to the garage and was arrested in a saloon on North Delaware street. He refused to discuss the case, but the theory advanced is that he brought the automobile to Indianapolis and called the authorities in an attempt to free Duffey of the theft charges.
Duffey has been bound over to the grand jury on a charge of altering a stolen automobile to prevent identification. A revolver was found on Eden's person when he was arrested, and charges of carrying concealed weapons and grand larceny were brought against him. He is held under a $12,000 bond.
Contributed by Russell G. Thompson
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