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BLAST FROM THE PAST - Norwalk cops get new cruiser

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:47 PM

JUNE 28, 1947

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 60 years ago:

Police department gets new cruiser

A new Ford police cruiser, given numeral No. 1, was delivered to the Police Department yesterday by the Norwalk For Sales & Service.

The new vehicle, the last word in a two-door black deluxe model, carries such additional new features as airplane shock absorbers, new carburetion and ignition systems, larger brakes softer pedal action, improved steering mechanism and the more practical use of chrome trim on fenders.

For several days the new Ford has been at the sales and service where Weldon B. Sanger, local radio technician, had been busy installing radio equipment which had been removed from the old police car involved in the purchase as a trade-in.

Commenting on the delivery of the new cruiser, Police Chief Frank Kromer stated that the police department, which had been using Fords exclusively for years, found this product both economical and efficient for police work.

Captured sneak thief tells police he was once accused of being Nazi

City police today are holding for investigation one Marin Clouser, 31, who states his home is in Reading Pa., and that he was once accused of being a Nazi spy, charged with the murder of two policemen in Chicago and accused of robberies in Youngstown and New York City.

Clouser was arrested Saturday night on the tip of a patron at the Hilltop Tavern on old Rt. 20 where he began boasting that he was wanted by police.

Earlier, police had received a call from Don Derby, 32 Newton St., that a man had stepped into his home and taken a brown alligator purse from a table near the door. He told police that the man was about 5 feet 8 inches tall and wore and O.D. jacket. Derby had a glimpse of him has he ran between homes toward Pleasant St.

Checking in the neighborhood police saw a man walking along 154 W. Main answering the description of the suspect. They stopped their cruiser and gave chase, but the man eluded capture by disappearing the backyards of the neighborhood.

Arriving at the tavern later, police accompanied by a member of the sheriff's department, took Clouser into custody. He readily admitted the theft of the purse from Derby's home and showed officers where he had discarded it.

Two deer visit Schaefer farm

Irvin Schaffer, this morning saw two deer, a six point buck and a fawn, on his mother's farm located about four miles east of Norwalk on Rt. 601.

Schaeffer said the two deer, which he watched from a nearby woods, were frolicking in a wheat field adjoining a cattle pasture.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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