Daylight Thief Loots Local Pastor's Home
Lake Shore News (Wilmette, Illinois), 14 May 1914, p. 1

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A daylight thief, garbed in a painter's or decorator's suit, made a rich haul in the home of Rev. B. Frank Taber, 1046 Greenwood Avenue, Monday afternoon of last week, when he rifled two trunks and procured a quantity of jewelry valued between $500 and $600. No clew which might lead to the identity of the thief has been obtained other than a description furnished by a maid in the home of Robert E. Ward, 1044 Ashland avenue, who saw him leap out of a second story window and run up the alley.
The Taber family, who hae been occupying the W. N. Waidner home during the winter, were moving Monday to 1018 Eleventh street. Mrs. Taber left the house shortly after the noon hour and securely locked all the doors. The only personal effects of the family left in the house were the two trunks in the upstairs rooms. Armed with a "jimmy," screw driver and a piece of moulding, the thief ripped off the locks and straps from the trunks and made his escape. It is thought that he was frightened by Mrs. Waidner, who entered the home about 2 p.m.
The following is the list of jewelry taken, all of which was contained in a jewel box ladies' gold watch and chain with MRs. Taberl's name engraved in the back, diamond ring, pearl ring with initials of Mrs. Taber on inside, hand ring [unclear], string of gold beads, garnet brooch, cameo brooch, pearl set brooch, wto strings of coral beads, string of white Roman pearsl, a quantity of silver and three dozen souvenir teaspoons. The news of the robbery was kept from the public for two days.

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14 May 1914
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Taber, B. Frank
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 42.07225 Longitude: -87.72284
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Daylight Thief Loots Local Pastor's Home