125, King Street West, Toronto
Abraham Rosenthal, Toronto, is preparing to start on a trip to Europe about the end of the month.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 18th March 1903
Abraham Rosenthal, the Toronto jeweler, who on the 18th inst. was held up in his store and robbed of $50,000 forth of diamonds, has offered a reward of $10,000 for the apprehension of the bandits or the recovery of the goods. Investigation since the robbery shows that about 350 pieces of diamond jewelry in addition to a number of costly loose stones were stolen by the bandits.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 30th June 1920
$50,000 Daylight Robbery in Toronto Jewelry Store
Three armed bandits broke into the jewelry store of Abraham Rosenthal, 125 King Street West, Toronto, in the early evening of June 18th, knocked the proprietor unconscious, and departed, taking with them jewelry – mostly diamonds – to the value of $50,000, and $3,000 worth of Victory Bonds.
They made a clean get-away in a big, high-powered touring car, and, so far as has yet been learned, left no clews by which they could be traced and apprehended. They had more than an hour's start before the police were put on the trail, and the latter are not sanguine as to the possibility of locating the thieves.
The plot for the robbery was long and carefully laid, and carried out with much nicety of detail, as will be seen from the following more or less
The principal in the daring robbery was a man about 25 years of age, fair complexioned and fair hair, about 5 feet 7 inches, and garbed in a spick and span Salvation Army uniform. Three visits he had made to the store during the week on the pretext of purchasing souvenirs. On each occasion he had made small purchases. He came again on the evening of June 18th, about 6.15, after Rosenthal had locked the front door and was putting his valuables away in the safe. When Rosenthal saw that the man rattling the front door insistently was his Salvation Army customer of the past week he unlocked it and permitted him to enter.
"Those souvenirs I got from you were allright," said the pseudo-Salvationist, when he got inside. "I would like to see a few more." Rosenthal turned and walked a few steps toward a showcase containing the articles, and was felled by a blow on the back of the head with the butt end of a heavy revolver. But he was not knocked unconscious. He staggered against the showcase, overturning it on the floor and smashing the glass, then grappled with his assailant, who had not quickly followed up his attack, believing the blow to have been effective. He grabbed the bandit by the lower lip, tore the lip at the corner of the mouth, and then succumbed to the blows of the fake Salvationist's two assistants, who had followed in within about a minute of their principal's entrance.
Together they tied his hands behind his back with a roll of cord which they brought with them, and gagged him with a heavy towel, which they bound around his head, inserting a knot in his mouth. They knew the route to the cellar, and dragged him down the stairs at the rear and pitched him on the floor. Then the three returned to the store, in two or three minutes emptied, Rosenthal's trays of diamond rings and brooches into a little brown club bag which one of the men carried, cleaned out the compartment of the safe containing Victory Bonds, and walked coolly out of the front door, across King Street and up York to the corner of Pearl Street, where they had their motor car parked.
In the scuffle in the store the Salvationist's army hat was knocked off and kicked under the show case, where he left it when he made his escape with his companions. Besides the hat the police afterwards found a bloody handkerchief which he probably used to stem the flow of blood from his mouth. It was the hatless Salvationist with a bloody mouth leaving the jewelry store with two companions, one of whom carried a bag, that aroused the suspicions of a citizen standing at the southeast corner of King and York Streets. He had been at the store himself five minutes previously, and had encountered the locked door. He went into the Prince George Hotel to call Harry Rosenthal, brother of Abraham, advising him to investigate.
It was some few minutes before Henry Rosenthal was able to find his brother bound and gagged on the cellar floor. They released him and carried him into a drug store next door to administer restoratives and doctor his wounded head. There was a regrettable delay at this juncture, according to police officials, in informing the police of the occurrence. Three-quarters of an hour passed during the time they were doctoring Abraham and getting from him a coherent story. Although the robbery occurred between 6.15 and 6.30, it was 7.40 when the first intimation of the robbery reached the police.
The man masquerading as a Salvationist is described by Rosenthal as about twenty-five years of age, fair, 5 feet 7 inches and thin faced. Number two is about the same age, 5 feet 8 inches, dark complexioned, thin face, and wore a brown suit and brown fedora hat. There is little certain information concerning the appearance of bandit number three.
The bandits are believed to be Americans, as the car. which was seen as it departed (long before the robbery was discovered) was observed to bear an American number.
The robbery is the biggest haul ever made by bandits in Toronto. A reward of $5,000 has been offered for the capture of the thieves.
Source: The Trader and Canadian Jeweller - July 1920
D. E. Elwood, alleged to be one of the men who assaulted and robbed Abraham Rosenthal, jeweler of Toronto, June 18, was arrested in Miami, Fla., the police following clues furnished by a handkerchief, the the Salvationists' cap worn by one of the gang, and the number of the car they used. Edward Crowe, employed by Rosenthal as a watchmaker, positively identified Elwood as the member of the party who posed as a Salvationist. Extradition proceedings were instituted, but according to a telegram Elwood was released by the Miami police on a writ of habeas corpus, on the ground, apparently, of the failure of a warrant sworn out at the place of the crime to arrive within 24 hours of the arrest.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 18th August 1920
An action brought by Dewitt C. Ellwood, a real estate broker of Miami, Fla., against Abraham Rosenthal, jeweler, of Toronto, claiming $50,000 damages for malicious prosecution and libel, came up for trial on May 17 and 18, before Judge Lennox. In June, 1920, Rosenthal was assaulted and his store robbed by motor bandits, who secured $50,000 worth of diamonds. Ellwood, who had been in Toronto about the time the robbery occurred, was arrested on suspicion and brought to Toronto, where he had no difficulty in proving an alibi. He stated in his evidence that he had incurred expenses amounting to about $6,000 owing to his arrest, and that an important business deal in which he was engaged had fallen through on account of the affair. Judge Lennox withdrew the case from the jury and dismissed action, holding that there was no evidence of malice and that Rosenthal was not responsible for any libelous statements printed in connection with the case.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 24th May 1922