Ira Cooper Unravels Money Order Theft

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     On February 22, 1924, unknown suspects took $20,000.00 in American Express Company money orders from the Mercantile Trust Company in Downtown St. Louis.  Initially, the American Bankers Association hired private detectives.  After the detectives were unable to discover any serious leads, the association turned the case over to the St. Louis Police Department.      When the bank

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Two Ruffians Beat Officer

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     On Thursday, September 9, 1875, George “Mitchell” Gassert and William Salisbury went to Fred Fisher’s Saloon at the corner of N. Jefferson and Morgan (Delmar today).  After ordering drinks, the two young men of unsavory reputation refused to pay for their drinks.  After several attempts to illicit payment, Fisher summoned St. Louis Police Officer John Cummings.    

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Preston Anslyn’s Early Exploits

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     Before he was promoted to Special Officer, St. Louis Police Officer Preston Anslyn responded to calls for service like any other patrolman.  On the morning of February 28, 1916, Anslyn was patrolling the area of Franklin and Jefferson Avenues.      A citizen notified Anslyn that 30-year-old Albert Kivet was celebrating after his birthday on February 27th.  During

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