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Hillgrove Post Office Robbed (part 1 of 3)

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The Northern Daily Leader (Tamworth, NSW : 1921), Monday 21 March 1921

NEWS OF THE NORTH

Hillgrove Post Office Robbed

SAFE BURST OPEN.

Arrest Made and £200 Recovered.

The Hillgrove Post Office was broken into on Friday night when a safe was burst open and £200 in cash stolen.

At one o’clock on Saturday morning a man who runs a motor car service between Hillgrove and Armidale was awakened by a man who told him that he must get to Armidale urgently. It has been ascertained that the same man engaged an Armidale taxi-driver to take him to Glen Innes, and left there at four o’clock on Saturday morning. The police think that it is quite probable that Glen Innes was not the real destination, but that the route was altered afterwards to throw the police off the track. Nothing since has been heard of the taxi driver.

Inquiry by the police shows that the suspect had been in Armidale for the past week staying at one of the hotels. The postal assistant at Armidale who knew him by sight said that he had frequently seen him looking through the window of the post office after nightfall.

An arrest was made later at Glen Innes, and all the stolen notes were recovered.

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Written by macalba

May 5, 2013 at 8:36 am

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  1. Well that’s left me wondering what happened to the taxi driver. I hope he turned up OK.

    • That will be answered (indirectly) in the next thrilling installment – along with some excruciating detail about the stamps.

      macalba

      May 5, 2013 at 12:34 pm


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