Camden Courier-Post – March 17, 1936
Orlando Acts as City Cops Free Former Boxer in Payroll Plot
Frameup Charged by Another Suspect
Prisoner Says Ex-Fighter Got Him in on Theft, Tipped Police
Powell was taken into custody on orders of Prosecutor Samuel P. Orlando, who also ordered the arrest of a second suspect.
Camden police turned the case over to the prosecutor’s office after the arraignment of Walter Lewandowski, who was caught in a police trap Friday night as he allegedly attempted to steal a $800 payroll at the Eavenson & Levering Company‘s plant at Fourth Street and Ferry Avenue. He formerly was employed there.
Two Others Implicated
Powell thereupon was taken into custody and questioned, then, according to Colsey, he was released temporarily, in his own recognizance, pending further investigation. Rogalski was not arrested until County Detectives James Wren and Casmier Wojtkowiak took him in last night. The same detectives arrested Powell. Both suspects were charged with attempted holdup and robbery and committed to the county jail.
Lewandoski,24, of 924 Atlantic Avenue, also in county jail, committed without bail by Police Judge Lewis Liberman Saturday.
According to Chief Colsey, Lewandowski made a statement in which he accused Powell of plotting the holdup and making him the “goat.”
“The holdup was Powell’s idea,” Colsey quoted Lewandowski as saying. “He got me in on it, and Rogalski was supposed to take part, too. Rogalski got ‘cold feet’ though, and Powell sent me in while he was supposed to watch outside.”
“Instead he beat it because he had tipped off the police that the place was going to be held up.”
Released After Quiz
On the strength of Lewandowski’s statement, patrolman Edward Suski was sent to arrest Powell. After questioning, however, the former pugilist was released.
“We found no evidence against Powell,” Colsey explained. “Lewandowski’s story looked like an attempt to get himself off easier.
“We turned the case over to the prosecutor’s office, as we always do after making an arrest that seems to clear up the case.”
When Lewandowski showed up, Carr and Koerner pointed revolvers at him. He fled down a stairway and Carr fell on him. The two grappled and the detective says the man pointed a.32 caliber pistol at him. Carr overpowered him with blow on the head with the butt of his revolver.