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DETECTIVE BUREAU HANDS OUT ANNUAL TIP
"CHEESE IT! THE PICKPOCKET!"
The annual warning of the detec
tive bureau against -the hordes of
pickpockets which infesfState street
department stores has been sounded.
Chief of Detectives P. D. O'Brien, just
before he was suspended yesterday,
warned the shopper to beware the
With the Christmas shopping rush
starting on State street the smooth
gentry of the quick finger and shifty
eye are working harder than ever in
their efforts to get the shopper's mo
ney before the stores do.
Of course, State street will not ad
mit the presence of thieves among
the crowds of fair purchasers. A wary
and suspicious customer is a poor
But the warning of Cap't O'Brien,
the appointment of new "lady cop
pers" on th6 police force recently, the
recruiting of the store and private
detective agency ranks, are unmis
takeable signs that the slippery
bunch are at work.
Cap't O'Brien told women shop
pers: Not to push through crowds in de
partment stores men and women
pickpockets work in these crowds.
Not to carry the handbag on the
arm it is "easy working" for a dip
Not to display a roll of bills in a
loop department store there may be
a vicious crook at your side.
Not to confide in strangers in de
partment stores many of them are
anxious to get acquainted with you
and your roll.
"Carry your money in your stock
ing," said Cap't O'Brien, and don't
carry more of it than you need. Now
is the time of year to be the most
careful. All of those apparently hap
py people in a Christmas crowd are
not there to shop. Some come to
The best proof that "dips" hang
out in department stores is in the
system of policing that the stores
Until recently they had to rely on
their own forces. Stores like Mar
shall Field & Co., the largest, found it
necessary to have two distinct sys
tems. One of these is under an em
ploye of the store, the other is hired
from a private detective agency. Op
eratives of each are often unknown
to the other.
With the lady "coppettes" on the
job, however, things are a little bet
ter. When our policewomen were
first put on the force their work, it
was understood, was to catch flirts,
care for women in distress and do odd
jobs on the police force that men can
not do without embarrassment.
Now, however, their real worth is
shown. The best and most experi
enced of these lady cops are working
in State street repartment stores
catching pickpockets and shoplifters.
They are paid with city money.
City cops; private dicks and store
operatives are not enough to keep the
patrons of loop department stores
safe from the raids of pickpocket er
perts. Only precautions taken by
the shoppers herself will avail so
says the detective bureau.
CLAIMS HE OWNS LAKE FRONT
AND A LOT MORE LAND
The Art, institute, Michigan blvd.
and Lake Shore drive, Lincoln, Grant
and Jackson parks and the I. C. lake
side right-of-way may all be stand
ing on ground an Indian owns.
Geo. M. Wheaton, Chippewa chief
of Templin, Mich., today retained at
torneys in joledo, 0., to come to Chi
cago and lay claim to the whole Chi
cago lake front Along with it he
claims Belle Isle, Detroit's finest park,
and 80,00 Oacres of land between De
troit and Toledo. He has a bunch of
documents to support his claim.
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