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The Case of the Thankful Thief

November 8, 2009 |  2:00 am


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Nov. 8, 1909: The yearly season of petty crimes opens in Los Angeles, according to The Times, with a burglar who ate half a loaf of bread, some peach preserves and helped himself to $3 in a savings bank. [Update: they were pear preserves, as a reader noted].

It’s hard to match “Blows Out His Brains” as a one-column headline.

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