Faulty Alarm Causes Bank Robbery Scare

Camden Courier-Post – June 2, 1933

A crossed wire in the Camden Safe Deposit & Trust Company‘s burglar alarm system caused a bank robbery scare for a few minutes yesterday afternoon.

At 2.28 p. m., the alarm connecting the bank, at Broadway and Market Street, with police headquarters, sounded, Lieutenant Samuel Johnson immediately communicated with every patrolmen and motorcycle policeman available in the business section.

A horde of bluecoats descended upon the bank, but found a prevailing calm. No one, neither in the bank nor outside, knew what was wrong. There had been no holdup and no one had touched off the alarm.

Bank officials said they had been having some trouble with the alarm system, and they laid the false warning to a crossed wire.


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