This Day In History: 1909-02-16
A long series of thefts from Dederick’s grocery in Mahwah were seemingly solved by the arrest of George Banta and John Petri. Mr. Dedrick reported that 13 bags of feed were stolen. The wagon containing the feed was traced to Theodore Shuart’s stable in Suffern. One of the stable boys there said the grain had been brought by Banta and Petry. Constable Shuary arrested the two men and they were taken to Jail in Hackensack on Sunday the 21st. A search revealed a number of other items. Some dishes and baby clothes were returned to their owners. They were tried before Judge Demarest on March 9th. They pleaded guilty. Petrey was sentenced to 60 days and Banta to 90 because he had secured the wagon and seems to have recruited Petry to help him.