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1932: BANK OF CLEMENCEAU ROBBED, September 6, Part 1.

"TRACE ROBBERS NEAR PRESCOTT: Clemenceau Bank Bandits Who Stole $1,700 Last Night Are Being Trailed by Bloodhounds."

"Sheriff George C. Ruffner had a good proportion of his forces concentrated a few miles north of Prescott today beating the brush, so to speak, for two young masked bandits who made off with approximately $1700 in cash from the bank of Clemenceau just before midnight last night after forcing Frank Work, manager, to open the vault."

"By mid afternoon bloodhounds from the state penitentiary at Florence were delivered to the sheriff's office and apprehension was expected almost at any time."

"It was Yavapai County's third bank robbery. Less than a month ago two bandits tied, trussed and gagged six employees at the First National bank of Prescott and got away with $17,658.70. August 10 was the date."

"Clemenceau robbers, however, did not have the finesse of those who pulled the bigger job in Prescott. The Clemenceau boys were exceedingly nervous and left behind a trail of clues --- a mask on the Clemenceau - Camp Verde road and Work's abandoned Nash coupe near Dewey. Furthermore, the Clemenceau robbers are afoot somewhere in the vicinity of P. & E. Junction."

"Over long distance telephone this morning, Work told the following account of the robbery:"

"'Mrs. Work and I had been to a picture show and got back between ten and ten-fifteen, I should say, got out of the car and started up to our front porch when two men stepped from around at the side of the house and flashed a light in our faces. Each had a gun. One of them had a pump gun, a shotgun, of probably small gauge and the other a rifle --- I'd say it was a .30-.30. They commanded us to put up our hands.'"

"'My wife thought at first it was a joke but when she realized it wasn't she screamed and when she did this the man with the rifle hit her over the head and knocked her out for a moment. One of them dragged her into our house, bound her with baling wire, and gagged her on the bed, and then took me down to the bank about a block and a half away and made me open the vault. The time lock vault where most of the money was couldn't be opened. They got what I thought at first was about $2500 but I later found out it was only around $1700, about $400 in silver and the rest in $5, $10, and $20 bills.'"

"They brought me back to the house and bound and gagged me like they did Mrs. Work --- with baling wire and cotton in the mouth with a handkerchief. They wore cotton gloves. Then they went out and got into my car and drove off.'"

(Prescott Evening Courier; Wednesday, September 7, 1932; page 1, column 8, and page 2, columns 5-6.)

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