No. 325
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
June 22, 2017
Burglary Tools
Burglary tools used by Maximilian Schoenbein (alias Max Shinburn) to rob the Boylston Bank in Boston, in November 1869.

Max Shinburn 
In 1869 burglary was no easier than honest labor, but paid quite a bit more.  The Boylston robbery grossed $500,000 (an estimated $8.5 million in current dollars.)



Eddy Kelley
Eddy Kelley, who worked in Boston 27 years later, preferred dynamite over hard labor and, as the four pistols in his kit would indicate, he was always ready for trouble.  His tools were confiscated by the Boston police who caught Kelley in the act of robbing a harness shop.
Eddy Kelleys Tools

Source:

  • Eldridge, Benjamin P., and William B. Watts. Our rival, the rascal a faithful portrayal of the conflict between the criminals of this age and the defenders of society, the police. Boston, Mass.: Pemberton Pub. Co., 1897

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