Mon, March 30


"BANK OF CLEMENCEAU ROBBED AGAIN: 2 Men With Halloween Masks Escape In Car With About $7,000."

"Robbers descended upon the Bank of Clemenceau today for the second time in two months and took between $5,000 and $7,000, mostly in currency and small denominations, from W. G. Thompson, assistant cashier."

"The raid was fast and daring. Two men, each wearing a Halloween mask, entered while Thompson, in the front teller's cage, was alone in the forepart of the banking room."

"Confronted by revolvers leveled at him through the grating, Thompson complied with a gruff command from behind one of the grotesque masks, and handed over the money which had been placed on the counter for the day's banking business."

"Disappointed at the amount of the loot, the robbers raised their voices in attempting to force Thompson to go to another part of the bank for more and attracted the attention of Frank Work, cashier, and V. C. Wiggins, a client of the bank, who were in conference in a rear room."

"CASHIER LEAPS FROM WINDOW TO SOUND ALARM: The marauders fled when Work and Wiggins jumped from a rear window to summon aid."

"The men drove rapidly from town in a green Ford Tudor sedan, Arizona license number V1V1. A sheriff's deputy, notified by Work and Wiggins of the robbery in progress, was at the bank five minutes after the men left and took up the trail, reported to have led toward Sedona. No immediate further trace of the robbers were found and re-inforcements were sent from the Yavapai County Sheriff's office at Prescott."

"The car was registered in the name of Lizzie Thomas of Flagstaff, who reported to the Coconino County sheriff's office that it was stolen from her last night in Flagstaff. Sheriff's deputies of Coconino County, who already were looking for the stolen automobile, doubled their vigilance over highways between the two towns, when word was flashed to them the vehicle was in the hands of escaping bank robbers. The state highway patrol headquarters in Phoenix also had issued a general pick-up for the car before noon."

"On September 6 two men took approximately $1,700 from the vault of the Bank of Clemenceau, in the dead of night, after having abducted Work from his home. A third member of the marauding party, on that occasion, was left to guard over Mrs. Work, at the Work home, and the cashier was forced to open the vault under threat of physical injury to his wife. A time lock on an inner vault saved most of the bank's funds."

"Work went immediately after aid today when sounds, reaching him through the thin partition between the conference room and the banking floor apprised him of what was taking place and he did not have an opportunity to observe the intruders. He said he did not believe, however, today's robbers were members of the trio which abducted him last September."

"Thompson described one of the men as about six feet in height, coatless, and wearing a dark shit. The other was slender and wore a tan jacket. He could not see the features of either."

"Today's robbery was the third bank raid in Yavapai County within three months. On August 10 employees of the First National bank in Prescott found two men waiting for them when they entered the bank, one by one, to go to work. Under the menace of a rifle and revolver, they were bound and laid in a row on the floor. When all employees were accounted for, the raiders, who apparently had entered the bank during the night, gathered up approximately $18,000 and drove away."

"No one known to have been involved in either robbery has ever been caught."

(Prescott Evening Courier; November 5, 1932; page 1, columns 7-8, page 2, column 1.)

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