HIGHWAY PATROL PRAISED BY HOLDUP VICTIM
LEAD BELT NEWS, Flat River, Missouri
Fri. December 16, 1949
December 13, 1949
Missouri Highway Patrol,
Attention Commanding Officer
Of course you know the Two-One-Four Liquor Store at Elvins, Missouri, was robbed last
Thursday night by an armed woman. I was behind the counter when this robbery occurred. I
would never feel quite right about the affair if I did not express my thanks and
appreciation to all who had a part in apprehending the parties guilty of committing the
The manner in which the officers here and at Ste. Genevieve handled the job is almost
unbelievable. It sounds very much like a fiction story in a Detective Magazine. Just to
give you some idea how the Troopers working on the case were "on the beam" here
is a re-cap of affair.
The robbery occurred at 8:20 p.m. Thursday. The officers were notified at 8:25 p.m.
They arrived at the scene of hold-up at 8:35 p.m. They immediately notified headquarters
(via radio), also peace officers in adjoining counties and towns. Exactly six hours (2:30
a.m.) subjects were arrested at Ste. Genevieve and locked up.
On Friday I was taken to Ste. Genevieve and at noon I identified the woman. She was
removed to the Farmington jail about 1 p.m. and ten hours later confessed. The Troopers
had only a description of the woman. The make or plates on the get-a-way car was not
available -- really remarkable work if you ask me.
I've often heard it said that the Missouri Highway Patrol is very much overworked and
very much underpaid. I'm now sure this is very very true. Every citizen of good old
Missouri has reason to be proud of our Highway Patrol whose untiring work makes not only
our county, but the entire state a better and safer place to live.
May I again express my thanks and also wish the entire force the best Christmas and
Happiest and the most prosperous New Year ever.
Yours very truly,
Gentry T. Horn