JAMES H. MILKE & BROTHER
8, King Street, Kingston, Jamaica
Pittsburg, Pa., June 11. - S.P. Sanders, alias Albert J. Walker, and A.J. White, alias Ralph Waldman, were arrested here last night, and today one of the biggest diamond robberies in years was uncovered.
Sanders was, until recently, the representative in South and Central America of Abraham Bros., wholesale jewellers, of 92, Vyse street, Birmingham, England, while White was a salesman, employed in the jewellery store of James Milke Bros., Kingston, Jamaica. After he had been put through the "third degree" this evening. White broke down and admitted that the two men had stolen diamonds and jewellery valued at $75,000 from Abraham Bros.
According to White's confession, Sanders came to Kingston, Ja., several months ago with a fine collection of precious stones. He and White decided to steal the samples which had been entrusted to Sanders, and bring them to the United States and sell them. After their arrival they sold some of the stuff in Boston, Washington, New York and Philadelphia.
Three days ago they came to Pittsburg and engaged an expensive suite of rooms at the fashionable Hotel Schenley. They then went around the different jewellery stores, represented themselves as wealthy eastern men, caught short for ready money here, and tried to sell some of the jewellery.
At the Hotel Schenley this evening the police took from the lining of a dress suit case, almose $60,000 worth of plunder. It consisted of 79 diamonds, set, six pairs of diamond and ruby pendant earrings, several pairs of single stone earrings, a number of magnificent diamond necklaces, and many chips and many diamond studs and stickpins.
Scotland Yard was notified this afternoon of the arrest by cablegram.
Source: The Montreal Gazette - 12th June 1908
James H. Milke & Bro. were established in 1882.