A Thief Disguised as a Messenger
Henry Purcell, nineteen years old, who has already served several terms on the Island, and who claims that he lives at No. 113 Manhattan avenue, Greenpoint, was arrested by Detective Sergeants O’Connor and Slausen, of the Central Office, on Feb. 1, with a lot of silverware in his possession, which it is charged he had stolen from Messrs. Reed, Barton & Co., No. 37 Union Square. It was also charged that he had robbed Messrs. Tiffany& Co. of S20 worth of silverware, the Meriden Company, Wallace & Co., and the Gorham Manufacturing Company. The police say that Purcell goes into the stores as a messenger boy and walks around. Having the uniform on no one takes particular notice of him, believing that he is on an errand. A complaint of stealing S40 worth of spoons from Reed, Barton & Co. was made against the prisoner, and he was held in the Jefferson Market Court, in $1,000 for trial.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review - 11th February 1891