Sneak Thief Captured After Raid on Stores; Gets $60 or 30 days
LeRoy Pete McCarthy, 56-year-old transient, found himself ticketed for $60 in fines or a lengthy stay in city jail yesterday following his conviction on four counts of lawbreaking.
McCarthy stepped into the S. H. Kress store at 97 East Congress street, then slipped behind a counter to rifle a cash register, city police said.
Hermine Bermudez, a clerk, gasped and went into action. She grabbed a handful of bills from McCarthy's clutch and screamed for help.
McCarthy ran out the door.
City police apprehended the aging transient as he emerged from Woolworth's store a short distance away. He was carrying a fountain pen, several ball point pens, sun glasses, two billfolds, a belt and buckle and a cheap ring.
Just of the Peace James M. Howsare listened to testimony from witnesses, then read McCarthy's sentence.
A charge of possession of stolen property brought $25 or 10 days. Larceny charges doubled the account, another $25 or 10 days. For being drunk and being a vagrant McCarthy received $10 or 10 days on each count.