Railroad Robbery Solved as Harry C. Ball Confesses, May 1924

E. Oakley Wigg, Lieutenant of Police with the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, has never had a man stand trial after being confronted with finger-print evidence.

"They have always pleaded guilty when they found I had the goods on them," he says. Mr. Wigg's most recent victory has been in the case of Harry C. Ball, a brakeman on the Central New England Railroad, who broke down and confessed when Wigg showed him a print of his thumb, found on an envelope at the scene of the crime.

A freight car containing shipments of shoes had been entered and some of the shoes carried away. The only evidence was a dirty envelope on which was a single finger print. Under Wigg's direction the different crews were fingerprinted, and a duplicate of the thief's finger print found.

Before accusing Ball, Wigg called in Harold Anderson, of the Middle-town Police Department, for consultation!

Ball confessed, when brought into the finger-print expert's office, and was sent to the Goshen jail on a charge of burglary in the third degree, to await action of the grand jury.

Mr. Wigg, who solved this case, is a graduate of the U. of A. S.

1. "Railroad Robbery Solved", Finger Print and Identification Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 12, May 1924, page 13.

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