Given Six Months For Breaking Into Store

August 23, 1945

Found guilty on a charge of breaking and entering a Sykesville grocery store, Edgar Savoy, colored, was sentenced to six months in the House of Correction by Trial Magistrate Vincent Tubman in local magistrate’s court on Tuesday morning. Savoy was arrested late Saturday night immediately after smashing the glass in the front door of the United Food Store. Stores of the town had closed for the night when the sound of breaking glass shattered the quiet of Main street. As Town Policeman Ray McElroy turned a flashlight on him, the local colored man said: “I’m hungry.” Whether Savoy wasn’t suffering more from an excess of drink than lack of food was problematical, but officer McElroy took him in charge and turned him over to Sheriff Charles Conway’s Westminster Jail for temporary board and lodging pending a hearing. After his trial and conviction on Tuesday, Savoy was removed to the “Cut” at Jessups.

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