Ep5: Grand Theft Auto in 1918


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We think of “carjacking” as a fairly new crime but it’s been around since cars have.

Sept. 5, 1918: A 1917 model Ford touring car, the property of Frank Nemier of Lacona, was stolen from its parking place in front of the Flower Library in Washington Street this morning. The theft was reported to Chief Singleton, but the fact that Nemier was unable to give the number of his machine makes it difficult to effect a capture of the thief or thieves. Nemier said that he left his registration card under the front seat and did not know the number. However he gave Chief Singleton the best description possible and the police communicated with neighboring towns, instructing them to stop all Ford cars and examine them.

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