Junior Cops Foil Band
Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 4 Jan 1924, p. 1

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4 Jan 1924
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    Latitude: 42.07225 Longitude: -87.72284
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Armen Beloian and Albert Verhalen, 14-year old members of the Wilmette Junior police recently organized by Superintendent of police Denman, Friday, December 28, sensed the importance of their newly accepted responsibility by aiding the local police in apprehending two bandits who had planned a daring robbery of the White Cash market in the Rockhold building.
Young Beloian and Verhalen, who reside at 311 and 310 Third street, respectiely, last Friday afternoon noticed two suspicious appearing characters in the vicinity of Golf terrace. They immediately notified Superintendent Denman, who dispatched a Flivver squad to the vicinity. The men were arrested on suspicion and brought to headquarters, where, by employing a clever ruse, Major Denman succeeded in obtaining a complete confession of a score of astonishing check forgeries and robberies.

Prepared for fight
On the way to the station the suspected youths, who gave their names as Edwin Johnson and Ernest Preston slipped a revoler and blackjack under the rear seat of the police car. Upon being searched at headquarters they were found to have 26 rounds of ammunition and a revolver pouch besides several blank checks on a Chicago bank.
At first the 17 year old bandits insisted they had been wandering along the lake front bent upon shooting gulls and had returned on Friday to do some more hunting or, if possible, secure jobs for the day as caddies at the Community Golf Course.
Later, however, after a spell of cell-warming, coupled with the employment of some clever psychology by Major Denman, they confessed a series of pool room and furnishing store robberies as well as check forgeries in Chicago.
Chicago police, when notified of the arrest in Wilmette, immediately investigated the rooms occupied by the robbers and reported back the confiscation of "enough pillage to start a second-hand store."
Johnson and Preston were turned over to Chicago authorities.

Would have killed
In their confession the robbers admitted that their true purpose in coming to Wilmette was to rob the White Cash market. They declared one of them had secured a position in the store several weeks ago in order to "get the lay" and that they both decided Friday was an auspicious time to waylay the man who carried the day's receipts from the place.
Questions as to what they would do in the event the White Cash market man should draw a gun, one of them promptly retored, "Well, we woulda killed 'im, because we'd had the drop on 'im."

Denman loud in praise
Major denman referred with unmistakable pride to the important part played by the Junior Policemen in the arrest.
"They were responsible for two of the best arrests ever made on the north shore," he said. "My confidence in the ability of the boys to help the department in maintaning law and order has been rewarded, even before the organization of the Junior police has been completed. They are going to be a great help, and I would like to have every boy in Wilmette of upper grade and high school enrolled in the organization. I'm sure they would never regret it, for it is good for boys to assume real responsibilities. If one places conficence in them, they are bound to show their mettle at the first opportunity."

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Junior Cops Foil Band