This Day In History: 1922-02-19
George F. Smith caught two men who had committed acts of malicious mischief at his fruit and vegetable stand on the Turnpike. One of them, Mike Kudrick, who works at Stephen Rothaupt’s garage confessed and implicated seven others: Stephen Rothaupt, Clayton Johnson, George Buckman, all of Suffern, three men from Ramsey: David Holdrum, Raymond Meyers and a Mr. Hemion, and Joseph Washtog of Mahwah. They all eventually confessed to such things as pouring kerosene on fruit, stealing oil and a water pump, boring a hole in a gasoline tank, spilling over 80 gallons of oil and breaking windows and light bulbs. They all pleaded guilty and Justice Price sentenced them to fines of $24.55 each and to make restitution to Smith. Smith intends to have guards on his property and treat any future damage very seriously.