No. 377
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
June 22, 2018

Rogue's Corner: DAVID GOLDSTEIN (30)
DAVID GOLDSTEIN
alias: LEWIS, SHEENY DAVE
SNEAK, SHOPLIFTER
Description:
Forty-two years old in 1886. A Jew, born in Poland. Married. No trade. Stout build. Height, 5 feet 7 1/2 inches. Weight, 180 pounds. Dark complexion, black hair, dark eyes, cast in left eye. Black beard, when worn. Dresses well. Is very quick in his movements.

Record:
"SHEENY DAVE," whose right name is David Levitt, is an old New York thief, and is pretty well known in all the principal cities of the United States. He has served time in State prison in a number of States.

He was arrested in Buffalo, N. Y., on January 26, 1878, in company of a man who reformed about six years ago, for shoplifting (working jewelry stores), and both sentenced to one year's imprisonment in Auburn (N. Y.) prison. When his time expired he was taken to Baltimore, Md., for a crime committed there, but was not convicted. He was arrested again in New York City. under the name of James Lewis, on January 15, 1881, for the larceny of two pieces of blue silk from the store of Edward Freitman & Co., No. 473 Spring Street, valued at $140. For this offense, upon his plea of guilty, he was sentenced to two years and six months in State prison at Sing Sing, on April 12, 1881, by Judge Cowing.

He was arrested again in New York City on December 21, 1883, under the name of Samuel Newman, for the larceny of a diamond bracelet, valued at $500, from Kirkpatrick, the jeweler, on Broadway, New York. He was indicted by the Grand Jury on January 10,1884, and forfeited his bail on January 15, 1884. He was arrested again on September 30, 1884, in York County, Maine, for picking pockets, and sentenced to three years in prison at Alfred, Maine, under the name of Herman Lewis.

For expiration of sentence, see commutation law of Maine.

He is still a fugitive from justice, and is wanted in New York City.

His picture is an excellent one, taken in January, 1878.
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Source:
Byrnes, Thomas. Professional criminals of America. New York, N.Y: Cassel, 1886.

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