York City Police Department K-9 Unit.
This is a late 1960s photo of the York City, Pennsylvania Police Department K-9 unit taken at the York Fair grounds. The officers, accompanied by their dogs, are in their training uniforms. The officers are, from left to right: Ron Heist, Earl Frey, Fred Gibson, Steve Gibbs, Charlie Morrow, Bill Farrell, and Nevin Barley.
West York Police Department.
This 1950's era photograph shows three members of the West York Borough, Pennsylvania Police Department and their patrol vehicles, two motorcycles and a Ford patrol car. The officers and their vehicles are on the driveway of the Reliance fire house, then located in the 1400 block of West Market Street in West York Borough.
Officer Ed Myers, Red Lion Police Department.
Pictured in 1924 is Red Lion Police Officer Ed Myers astride his sidecar equipped police Harley Davidson motorcycle. The sidecar was a common accessory for police motorcycles of that era. The officer is carrying a semi-automatic pistol, carried in an open top cross draw style holster. The semi-auto pistol was unusual, as most officers of this era were carrying revolvers.

A Stolen Car and Ten Gallons of Gas

Posted on January 11, 2022

On April 1, 1921, police headquarters in York received a call to be on the lookout for a Hudson Super-Six automobile that may be coming into the city. The occupants of the automobile were wanted in the theft of ten gallons of gasoline and a quart of oil from a service station operated by Curvin Mummert in the village of Farmers in Paradise Township in western York County. House Officer Hannigan detailed Motorcycle Officer Riley to watch the Lincoln Highway for the vehicle. Riley rode to the western edge of the city, and took up a position near the crossing of the Western Maryland Railway just west of the city.

Riley spotted the vehicle, and followed it into the city, planning on pulling over the vehicle once it was closer to police headquarters. The vehicle made a right turn onto Royal Street, and then a left turn onto West King Street. The vehicle drove a short distance on King Street when Riley stopped the vehicle. Riley approached the vehicle, and asked them who they were, where they were going, and why they turned off of Market Street, as it was the Lincoln Highway through York. The driver said they were going to visit a friend. Riley asked for their driving permit, and a passenger in the rear of the vehicle showed a permit for Frank Woodland, but the passenger closed the leather case it was in before he could get the address on the permit. Riley advised the men they were being detained, and told them to return to Market Street and drive to police headquarters, with Riley following on his motorcycle.

As the automobile passed the Vigilant engine house in the 200 block of West Market Street, the driver quickly sped up, passing two other cars as he crossed the Market Street bridge, gaining speed. Riley began to pursue the vehicle on his motorcycle. At Beaver Street, Riley fired a single shot into the air from his revolver, in an attempt to alert other officers and to warn the driver to stop. Instead, the driver gained speed, reaching an estimated 60 miles per hour as he careened through Centre Square, narrowly missing pedestrians and other automobiles. In front of the county court house, a car backed out of a parking space in front of Riley, causing the motorcycle to strike the car and throwing Riley to the ground. As Riley lay on the street, the occupants of the fleeing car fired several shots at Riley. Riley was not struck by any of the shots. The driver quickly sped east on Market Street, over the hill and into the east end before Riley could remount his motorcycle and continue pursuit. The vehicle was last seen on the Lincoln Highway in the Elmwood neighborhood. Presuming the car had continued eastbound, Riley quickly responded to Wrightsville, hoping to cut them off at the bridge over the Susquehanna River. Upon arriving in Wrightsville, he learned that no such vehicle had arrived there.

Meanwhile, police began to organize a pursuit, with two groups of officers in automobiles to begin searching the area. Police were notified that the suspect vehicle was seen in Red Lion, and headed that direction. In Winterstown, the vehicle stopped at Mitzel's store and asked for the best route to Havre-de-Grace, Maryland. News of the pursuit had reached the many corners of the county, and residents were on the lookout for the vehicle. The vehicle entered the borough of Stewartstown going 15 miles per hour, perhaps in an attempt to not stand out. Upon exiting the borough, the vehicle again sped up. The pursuing police officers were not far behind, and were joined by a third car loaded with six young men from Stewartstown.

As the fleeing vehicle crossed the Mason-Dixon Line into Maryland, the pursuing officers caught sight of the vehicle. When the lead car got within 200 yards of the fleeing vehicle, the occupants opened fire on them. The vehicle was not struck by gunfire. The pursuing officers returned fire with revolvers and high-powered rifles. As the vehicles drove up Deer Creek hill, the pursuing offers were gaining ground on the fleeing vehicle, with gunshots firing from both vehicles. Halfway up the hill, the Hudson pulled to the side of the road and four of the occupants fled into the darkness. The body of the fifth suspect was found on the floor in the back of the vehicle. The Hudson was driven back to Stewartstown to find medical attention for the man on the floor, but he passed away before medical attention could be found. A search party was organized to comb the area for the four men, while the Hudson and the body of the fifth man was transported to York. The dead man was later identified as Frank Drezewocki, 20.

The next day, a posse led by William A, Hulshart, deputy sheriff of Harford County, Maryland, found three of the fugitives in a marsh on the farm of Ernest Sex near Norrisville in Harford County. The fourth fugitive was captured by Constable Charles Almoney in Fawn Grove, Pennsylvania. The three men arrested in Maryland were taken to jail in Bel Air, Maryland, while the subject arrested in Fawn Grove was taken to the York County Prison.

The Hudson had been stolen in Philadelphia on Thursday evening, March 31, 1921. The license plate on that vehicle was from another stolen vehicle from Philadelphia. The prisoners refused to cooperate with authorities. The three men held in Bel Air fought extradition. Albert J. Brown, Harry Edwards and John Weaver appeared before Governor Albert C. Ritchie of Maryland on Thursday, April 14, 1921 where the governor after hearing the case signed the requisition papers for extradition. They joined Robert Haggarty in York County Prison.

After a hearing the four men were held without bail. All four were charged with larceny of ten gallons of gasoline and a quart of oil, assault with intent to kill, reckless driving, larceny of an automobile, and Haggarty was also charged with aggravated assault and battery by Philadelphia authorities.

The four men went on trial in August of 1921 before Judge N. Sergeant Ross in criminal court. The case went to the jury on the morning of Wednesday, August 24, 1921. All four were found guilty and were sentenced to five to seven years at Eastern Penitentiary in Philadelphia.

 

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