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Homeowner Captures Burglar After Struggle

December 2, 2009 |  2:00 am

Dec. 2, 1909, Aqueduct  

Dec. 2, 1909: William Mulholland says the aqueduct from Owens Valley will be done a year ahead of schedule.

Dec. 2, 1909, Burglar 

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The East Adams Boulevard neighborhood via Google maps street view.

Dec. 2, 1909, Burglar
Dec. 2, 1909: Romeo E. Ellithorp [or Ellithorpe]  and his wife come home about 7 p.m. and discover Fred Murray burglarizing the house.

Ellithorp says he tumbled down the stairs while fighting with the burglar over a pistol. Because he was unarmed, Ellithorp went into a closet under the stairs. The burglar followed him and the struggle continued while Ellithorp’s wife called police. A neighbor rushed in to help but because he wasn’t sure which man was the burglar, he struck both of them.