Sunday, April 10, 2011

Pickpockets on the Sabbath


The Sabbath day passed off quietly, and our goodly city remained undisturbed. Several "distinguished pickpockets" were seen at Coney Island, but it is unknown whether they attempted the practice of their art there or not.

--Brooklyn Eagle, Monday, July 17, 1843

What does it say about the police, that they know there were pickpockets, but didn't know if they actually committed any crimes that day?

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