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Topics:  Ford Motor Company


The New York Times
December 15, 1922

Fires From Shotgun to Intimidate Employes in Highland Park Auto Plant.

Special to The New York Times.

DETROIT, Dec. 14.—Fifteen employes of the Ford Industrial Bank in the Highland Park plant stood helpless with terror while a masked robber, armed with a sawed off shotgun, took $5,000 from the cashier's cage this afternoon.  Timing his exit to coincide with the departure of the late afternoon shift, the robber seized several stacks of bills of high denomination, dropped his mask and pistol in the bank, and was lost to his pursuers in the mass of workers who were leaving the plant.

While a guard employed to protect the bank, which is on the second floor over the storeroom, stood near, the robber, with a blue handkerchief over his face, leveled the shotgun at the cashier's cage and ordered the employes to put up their hands.  To show them that he meant business he fired one of the barrels.  The charge just grazed a timekeeper's head.  Stacks of currency were within  easy reach and he took the nearest pile with one hand, holding he gun at his shoulder with the other.

The bank is maintained for the convenience of the Ford employes only.

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