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Thomas Wandless, burglar, is cousin to Walter Wandless of Camden, NJ

Philadelphia Inquirer, 16 Dec 1910
SANTA CLAUS COUSIN HELD AS A BURGLAR
Camden Man's Many Presents Procure His Arrest, Though Release Follows

Although, as the police say, a confessed burglar, Thomas Wandless, now in the Passaic Hospital with a bullet wound in his head, proved a veritable Santa Claus to Walter Wandless, his cousin of 1164 Mechanic street, Camden. As a result, Walter was arrested by order of Prosecutor Scovel on suspicion of knowing something about the doings of Thomas, who, it is said, stole from houses at Collingswood and other places. An investigation, however, absolved Walter from all blame.

For fifteen years Walter had not seen his cousin. When Thomas did make his appearance in company with Jean Mitchell, he was apparently pleased with the reunion. He said he was in a prosperous business and as Walter's family was not in the most affluent circumstances, the new-found cousin announced he would send a Christmas box along. This box made its appearance a few days since. Detectives from the Prosecutor's Office say they found it filled with all sorts of wearing apparel for Walter, his wife, and little one. While they were dancing in glee about the presents, Walter was taken into custody, but later released on nominal bail. It is declared by officers that some of the presents, notably several pair of expensive silk socks, were stolen from a small town near Providence, R.I. Other articles cannot be traced.


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AlbumsThomas Wandless, burglar (1880s-1910), East Coast

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