1935: Carjacker Gives Victim Money For Sandwich, Promises To Change The Oil

A carjacker stole a man’s car, gave him some money for coffee, promised to change the oil and dropped him off miles from home near Adrian in 1935. True story.

Auto thieves, with a kidnapping complex and a Jesse James flourish, visited Worthington late last night, kidnapped Stanley L. LeBon of the LeBon-Scott feed concern, and made off with his car, after releasing him on a side road about two miles west of Adrian, bestowing lunch money upon him and promising to take good care of the machine.

The case is almost an exact parallel to a job staged at Sioux Falls Tuesday night, and is believed to have been pulled by the same persons, who are suspected of being among those staging the jail break at Granite, Oklahoma.

LeBon, reaching home about 10 o’clock after a conference down town, was locking up his car in front of his house on Burlington street, when a gun was thrust against his side, and he was ordered to re-enter the machine, a Ford V-8 coach, purchased about a month ago. He was seated between the two robbers, and the car driven out of town on U.S. 16.

West of Adrian the bandits wheeled into a side road, and went thru the clothing of the Worthington man for money and weapons. It fortunately happened that he had only a few cents in change in his pockets. He was put out of the machine, but before parting company with his kidnappers, one of them is reported to have thrust upon him a small handful of change, totaling a little over half a dollar, saying that he was quite a way from home, and would probably need a cup of coffee.

The thieves also asked LeBon concerning the oil. He told them that he was just about to have an oil change, and advised them to add a quart, which they promised to do. They then drove off, leaving the local man afoot and miles from the nearest town, on a chilly night. LeBon walked back to Adrian, where he called his brother-in-law, D.J. Scott, who drove over to Adrian after him, accompanied by Arch Scott.

Unable, of course, to give a clear description of the two men, about the only identifica-tion the victim of the kidnapping could give was that one was tall and the other short. This fact, and the novel method employed by the thieves, lays the parallel with the Sioux Falls case of the night before, in which a garage attendant on West Twelfth street was held up by two men, one of whom he described as being about six feet three and the other a little over five feet tall. This pair forced the garage man to accompany him to a point two miles west of the city, also on U.S. 16, where they released him.

The Sioux Falls car was a Hudson sedan, and Sheriff Rowe told the Sioux Falls sher-iff today that his office will keep an eye out for such a car somewhere in the neighborhood, though of course it is probable that the thieves reached Worthington by some other way.

A possibility that the men may be two of the 31 who broke out of the Oklahoma reformatory at Granite on Sunday gains color from the fact that one of the prison-breakers is known to have exchanged a suit of reformatory clothing for a new outfit at Mankato Tuesday of this week, indicating that a part of the gang has invaded the Northwest and may be operating in this part of the country.