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Source: Helena Independent, (Helena, Montana) 12 September 1925

 

  GETS SIX MONTHS ON BEING SNARED BY WOMAN'S AID



-Man is led to capture with elopement plans as bait-

Baltimore - Fate, in the person of Detective David Wingrove, could not catch Conley E. C. Coleman, so the Detective sent a woman after him, She caught him.

Coleman today was sentenced to six months in prison by Judge Stump after his conviction on
charges of burglarizing the home of Mrs. Anna B. Evans, with whom he roomed.

--Vanished on July 21--

On July 21 ,Coleman disappeared from the Evans home, 1406 South Charles Street, two rings and a watch were missing, Mrs. Evans told police at the time.
Detective Wingrove, assigned to the case, visited Coleman's room. There he found a letter from Mrs. Grace Nuckels of Cold Springs, Va. In the letter Mrs. Nuckels, a mother of five children, said she was willing to desert her family and elope with Coleman.

--Gets her to repent--

Detective Wingrove visited Mrs. Nuckels and through the aid of friends was instrumental, he testified, in getting her to forgo her elopement plans. The woman, according to testimony, was induced to write a letter to Coleman, who was then living in Staunton VA. She told Coleman to come to Cold Springs and that then they would elope. Coleman came.

--Gives up pistol--

He was armed when he called on her and Mrs. Nuckels induced him to give her the pistol, it was testified. "I've never carried a gun" she said. "I want to know what it felt like to be armed." He complied.

--Led him to capture--

Mrs. Nuckels led her quarry to the general store, where Detective Wingrove arrested him. The loot from the Evans home was found in his pockets. According to Wingrove, a letter was found in Coleman's pocket. The note was written, Wingrove believes, after the had decided to take his life.It told of plans to kill Mrs. Nuckels and a man whom Coleman claimed she was friendly, according to the detective. It also revealed Coleman's plan to rob and kill his uncle.

--Alibi is discovered--

Another letter, according to the detective, was written as an alibi to be used following the discovery of his contemplated crimes. This letter, addressed to his uncle, said that Coleman had joined the Ku Klux Klan and was "going straight" in the future, police said. The letter said Coleman was going to sail to Europe. Wingrove said that a membership card to the Klan was also found in Coleman's pocket. Coleman was sentenced after he pleaded guilty of taking the valuables from Mrs. Evan's home.

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