State of Iowa vs. Raymond Endorf

On January 6, 1934, Raymond Endorf, age 24 of Sanborn, Iowa was charged with the alleged crime of Larceny of the Melvin Mercantile Company in Melvin, Iowa.

Events of the Crime

On or about the 6th day of October, 1933, in Osceola County, Iowa, sometime in the night time, the Melvin Mercantile Company, owned by H. L. Bangert had merchandise stolen from his store.  Mr. Bangert reported the larceny of his mercantile to Sheriff Ramsey on October 6th, 1933.  Entrance had been gained through the rear door.  A check of the good stolen showed shoes, overalls, raincoats, shirts, and etc were missing.  On January 6th, 1934, Mr. Bangert contacted Sheriff Ramsey to report seeing some of his goods at the Besgrove home in Sanborn.  Mr. Besgrove stated he purchased a pair of shoes and jacket at the shoe repair shop of Raymond Endorf's.  Mr. Bangert identified the stolen goods to be his merchandise.  Sheriff Ramsey asked Endorf if he would allow him and Mr. Bangert to search the place without a search warrant, but he refused.  O'Brien County Sheriff Leemkuil stayed at the shop while Sheriff Ramsey secured a search warrant.  When Ramsey returned with the search warrant, one pair of oxfords, one zipper jacket, one sweater coat, and a rain coat were found to belong to Mr. Bangert's Mercantile.  Sheriff Ramsey secured the items and went up to the Endorf home where they found another rain coat and jackets.  Endorf claimed the goods were purchased in Hartley, Iowa.

 

Items Taken Quantity Price Total
Masterbilt Men's Oxfords No. 3224 3 $3.50 $10.50
Masterbilt Men's Oxfords No. 3202 1 $3.50 $3.50
Wolverine Men's Work Shoes No. 520 2 $2.65 $5.30
Wolverine Men's Work Shoes No. 788 1 $3.50 $3.50
Adams Men's Work Shoes No. 30181 2 $2.00 $4.00
Jack Sharp Men's Oxfords No. 7836 1 $2.35 $2.35
Foot Schulze Men's Oxfords No.1747 1 $3.50 $3.50
Freedmen Shelby Men's Oxfords No. 6122 1 $3.25 $3.25
Planter Men's Work Shoes No. 8765 1 $2.35 $2.35
Hummer Ladies one strap Sandals No. 1879 1 $3.50 $3.50
Ladies one strap Sandals 1 $1.75 $1.75
Men's Cloth Suede Jacket w/Lined Zipper 4 $3.50 $14.00
Men's Cloth Suede Jacket Unlined w/Button Front 4 $2.25 $9.00
Men's Cloth Suede Jacket Lined w/Button Front 4 $2.95 $11.80
Men's gray mixture Sweaters 6 $1.00 $6.00
Hillcraft Men's white Broadcloth Shirts 24 $1.65 $39.60
Men's striped Overalls 24 $0.98 $23.52
Assorted colored Flannel Shirts 12 $1.00 $12.00
Boy's Blue Suede Jimmie Jackets 8 $1.39 $11.12
Baker Brand Kiki Flannel Shirts 12 $1.00 $12.00
Men's Leatherette Rain Coats 4 $3.50 $14.00
Ladies Blue Rain Coat 1 $2.75 $2.75
     
Total 118   $199.29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$199.29 in 1933 would be the equivalent of $3,268.97 in 2009.

 

Judgment

On November 12, 1934, a jury found Raymond Endorf, age 24 of Sanborn, Iowa, guilty of the crime of Larceny and sentenced the Defendant to imprisonment in the Men Reformatory at Anamosa, Iowa for a term not more than 5 years. 

 

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