No. 329
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
July 23, 2017

Rogue's Corner: PETER LAMB (181)
PETER LAMB
alias: , DUTCH PETE, HALL, HENRY MINOR, J OHN WILLETT, MILLER, PETER HART
SHOPLIFTER, BURGLAR
Description:
Forty-six years old in 1886. German, born in United States. Married. An auctioneer. Stout build. Height, 5 feet 10 1/4 inches. Weight, 21O pounds. Brown hair, brown eyes, light complexion. Generally wears a light brown mustache.

Record:
"DUTCH PETE," or PETER RINEHART, which is his right name, is a very clever shoplifter and burglar. He is well known in New York, Boston, Chicago, and several of the other large cities. He has served three terms in Sing Sing prison, N. Y.

Pete was arrested in New York City on December 4, 1879, in company of John Cass, alias Big Cass, another notorious burglar, charged with committing a burglary at No. 329 Canal Street, New York, a Russia leather establishment. He was also charged with another burglary, committed at No. 73 Grand Street, New York City, where the burglars carried away $2,000 worth of silks. For the latter offense he was sentenced to three years in Sing Sing prison, on December 18, 1879, by Judge Cowing, in the Court of General Sessions.

Lamb was arrested again in New York City, in December, 1882, for the larceny of some penknives (a sneak job) from a safe in a store on Broadway, near Duane Street, New York. For this he was sentenced to four years in Sing Sing prison (his third term), for grand larceny in the second degree, on January 3, 1883, by Judge Gildersleeve, under the name of John Willet. His sentence expired on. January 3, 1886.

Lamb's picture is a good one, taken in April, 1879.
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Source:
Byrnes, Thomas. Professional criminals of America. New York, N.Y: Cassel, 1886.

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