Camden Courier-Post – March 29, 1930
Lads, 11 and 10, Charged by East Camden Woman With Taking Purse and $725 Diamond
Charged with the theft of a $725 diamond ring, two small boys were ordered held for Juvenile Court by Police Judge Pancoast yesterday. One of the boys, William McGinnis, 11, of 2639 Carman Street, had been released from the county detention home last Thursday on probation by Judge Shay. He had been one of six boys held in connection with a series of nine robberies in East Camden.
The other boy is John Auletto, 10, of 2824 Howell Street.
Mrs. Catherine Tydeman testified the pair had come to her apartment at Twenty-eighth Street and Westfield Avenue Thursday afternoon and told her she was wanted on the phone. Returning, she saw the two boys leaving her apartment, and a short time later she discovered that her pocketbook containing a $725 diamond ring was missing. District Detective William Hurlock arrested the pair at the Garfield School. He said he found the ring in their possession.
Parents of the McGinnis boy pleaded for him before Judge Shay last Thursday and said he was “backward” because of a fractured skull he had suffered in an accident.