The Little Burglars of Lincoln Heights, 1906

Not the little boys from Lincoln Heights but a reasonable representation

There have always been “juvenile delinquents” on the Eastside. As the years have gone by, perhaps the ethnicity of the children has changed but the acts are the same. Kids get bored, they experiment, they are curious, they want things and figure out various ways to acquire the articles they seek. A phenomenon common to all humans. Sadly for these little burglars, their names and addresses were printed in the Los Angeles Times for all to see. Worse, the newspaper mocked their common predicament by stating: “This is the saddest time of their lives.”

They All Ran Off With Pocket Knives and This Is the Saddest Time of Their Lives.
Los Angeles Times, May 24, 1906

Three small boys, none of them over thirteen years of age were charged with burglarizing the Griffin-avenue schoolhouse. The three lads have made a full confession. They are Miles and Earl Vaughan, aged 13 and 10 years who live with their parents at No. 248 at South Gates street. Their father is a switchman with Southern Pacific.
The third and smallest member of the trio is Eddie Crist, aged 9. He lives with his parents at No.516 South Gates Street. His father is a carpenter. The boys were arrested and taken to the East Side Police Station and later removed to the Detention Home.
According to the story the three lads tell, they were playing in the yard of the schoolhouse Tuesday morning It was a holiday, owing to the Fiesta parade, and no one was in the building. They pushed on the door of the building and the lock gave way.
Once inside they made a thorough search through the rooms and say they took a number of pocket knives and fountain pens. Little Eddie Crist says he only took one pocket knife. The other boys admit taking several and some fountain pens. Their only excuse is that they wanted the articles. The lads will have to face a charge of burglary in the Juvenile Court.

Article courtesy of the Los Angeles Times, all grammar and punctuation are from the original story.

4 thoughts on “The Little Burglars of Lincoln Heights, 1906

  1. “Their only excuse is that they wanted the articles.” Is there any better reason?

  2. Classic! Thanks for the post.

    This reminds me of the Giant’s fan attacks of late in our current news outlets. What did the suspects want? I think the reward is up to $100,000.00, no? Think some people are going to want that.

    This also connects to my interest in old LA: Ron Arias, Greene & Greene, Elysian Fields, The Blvd. So many things, so many interesting things.

    Again, thx, Chimatl.

  3. Thanks for your comment M. Saldivar. I wouldn’t connect a few little boys being mischievous with the near death beating of a random Giants fan. I can’t see how the two are related. But glad you liked the post, appreciate the feedback! 🙂

  4. I grew up a Dodgers fan in Northern California and I would see Dodger fans routinely get attacked at the old Candlestick Park, which had seemingly about 4 security guards in the entire stadium. I saw Dodger fans get jumped. I saw a Giants fan walk right up to a female Dodger fan and spit directly in her face. Racial slurs were routinely hurled at Latinos wearing Dodger apparel. I find it interesting that the attacks on Dodger fans that took place then were not referred to as “savage” by the same columnist in the Sacramento Bee who referred to last week’s attack on a Giants fan as such. Anyhow, sorry to be off topic, but my point being, last week’s attack was horrible and needs to be addressed, but whatever you Angelenos do, don’t let any Giants fans or Northern Californians in general make it seem like these sorts of incidents are exclusive to Los Angeles sports fans.

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