C. D. Peacock Mysteriously Robbed of $2,500 Worth of Jewelry
Chicago, Ill., Dec. 23.—A daring diamond robbery well planned and boldly carried out between 8.30 and 9.30 Tuesday night, leaves C. D. Peacock short a tray of choice rings valued at $2,500.
The finer goods are shown at a separate counter; the less expensive at the left side of the store,near the entrance. It was in the less expensive goods the theft occurred, but the robbery was a wholesale one. The firm has twelve compartment cases of these goods, numbered from 1 to 6 and repeated in D 1 to D 6. The cases are about 7x9 inches in size. When Ross Geeting checked the goods at 8.30 P.M., Tuesday, the rings were all there. At 9.30 the store closed for the night. When the store reopened, Wednesday morning, tray No. D 1, containing sixty rings, was missing.
About all the goods were of the firm's own make. Thursday, C.D. Peacock offered a reward of $500 as follows:
$500 REWARD !
Taken from a store in this city, a tray, containing the following described jewelry:
0134 Diamond and Emerald Marquise.
0165 3 Stone Emerald and Diamond, Tiffany.
0241 3 Stone Emerald and Diamond, Wire.
0601 Emerald and Diamond Cluster.
0613 Spinnel and Rose Cluster.
0662 3 B Emerald and Diamond Cord Wire.
070S Emerald and Diamond Marquise.
0837 Emerald Cluster.
01026 Emerald and Diamond Marquise.
01028 Ruby and Diamond Marquise.
01155 Olivine and Diamond Double Heart.
01583 Emerald Cluster.
01601 Emerald Marquise.
01630 Ruby Marquise.
01631 Ruby Marquise.
01632 Emerald Marquise.
01633 Ruby Marquise
01652 Ruby Marquise
01686 Emerald Marquise.
01794 3 Stone Olivine and Diamond, Tiffany.
01795 3 Stone Olivine and Diamond, Tiffany.
01977 Emerald Cluster.
02053 Emerald Cluster.
02070 Emerald Marquise.
02112 Emerald and Diamond Marquise.
02262 3 Stone Emerald and Diamond, Tiffany.
02317 Emerald Cluster.
02310 Emerald Cluster.
02321 Emerald Cluster.
02322 Emerald Cluster.
02323 Emerald Cluster.
02326 Ruby and Diam nd Cluster.
0232S Ruby and Diamond Cluser.
02330 Ruby and Diamond Cluster.
02368 Emerald and Diamond Cluster.
02374 Ruby and Diamond Cluster.
02375 Ruby and Diamond Cluster.
02397 Ruby and Diamond Cluster.
02398 Ruby and Diamond Cluster.
02409 Ruby and Diamond Cluster.
02451 Ruby and Diamond Cluster.
02452 Ruby and Di niond Cluster
02475 Ruby and Diamond Cluster.
02549 Ruby and Diamond Cluster
The numbers given above are scratched in inside. Please keep a sharp lookout On pawn shops, secondhand stores and jewelry stores for lot or any part of it.
The above reward for all, or proportionate share for recovery of part, will be paid by C. D. Peacock, northwest corner State and Washington Sts , Chicago, Ill.
Address all information to John D. Shea, Inspector and Chief of Detectives. Chicago, Dec. 21, 1893.
"This is the largest theft that has ever occurred in the house," said Mr. Peacock to The Circular correspondent. "We perhaps have a more perfect system of handling a large stock of valuable goods than any other house in the country, a fact I think that will be readily admitted by eastern houses. With every safeguard it is impossible to always circumvent ingenious thieves. We have no well defined suspicion as to whom the thieves in this case were, and for my part, with the start they have, I do not expect to recover the lost articles. Several parties looked at the rings between 8.30 and 9.30 P.M. Tuesday but it is a difficult matter for a person to accurately describe a large number of customers. We are obliged at this season of the year to largely increase our selling force and this gives added opportunity to thieves, as new men are less skilful than the older ones in caring for stock. It is possible the thieves are experts and in that case the stones may be removed and the gold melted, which will destroy the identity of the goods and render recovery impossible."
"There is probably no house in the country " added Manager Stevens, " that within a few hours of the robbery could give the detectives a list number of every ring in any one individual tray. Yet our reward, with numbers and descriptions, was issued immediately on the discovery of the loss."
A private detective of the firm had his attention attracted to a lady with a full wrap accompanied by a well dressed man who looked at the rings just before closing time. Other matters took him to a distant part of the store. During the examination a third person looked at the rings and presently left. The lady with the wrap paid a deposit on a small solitaire and was to return the following day but has not yet been heard from. It is thought possible that while the salesman's attention was diverted by No. 3 the lady concealed the tray in her wrap. The recollection of the appearance of the couple by the detective is the only evidence of a clew obtained so far.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review - 27th December 1893