No. 333
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
August 17, 2017

Rogue's Corner: OSCAR BURNS (151)
OSCAR BURNS
alias: JOHN L HARLEY
PICKPOCKET, BURGLAR
Description:
Thirty-six years old in 1886. Born in United States. Married. Cigar maker. Stout build. Height, 5 feet, 7 inches. Weight, 162 pounds. Dark brown hair, brown eyes, dark complexion, heavy nose-lines. Generally wears a heavy brown mustache. Looks like a man that dissipates. Has a pearl in his right eye.

Record:
OSCAR BURNS is well known all over the United States. He is known out West as a "stall" and "hoister" - a Western term for a shoplifter. He works with Jim Barton, who is well known in Boston and Medford, Mass. They were both arrested in Springfield, Mass., for burglary. Burns gave bail, which was forfeited, and Barton was discharged from custody in February, 1881. Burns was arrested again in New York City, on December 23, 1881, for a burglary committed in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was delivered to the Michigan officers, taken there, and pleaded guilty to the crime, and was sentenced to ten years in State prison on December 29, 1881, by Judge Parrish, of Grand Rapids, Michigan. See Michigan Commutation Law for expiration of sentence.

Burns's picture is an excellent one, taken in Buffalo, N. Y.
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Source:
Byrnes, Thomas. Professional criminals of America. New York, N.Y: Cassel, 1886.

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