Robber of Blind Is Sent to Prison.

PHILADELPHIA. (AP) A street-corner Santa Claus accused of robbing a blind man who had befriended him was sentenced Tuesday to from two to four years in the penitentiary.

Edward Slavin, 39, was found guilty by a jury in quarter sessions court. A blind pencil vendor, Charles L. Gullett, testified that Slavin gave him a hardluck story last Christmas Eve. Slavin at that time was getting 50 cents an hour as a Santa Claus, Gullett said.

So, Gullet said, he gave Slavin $4.95, then invited him to his hotel room for Christmas dinner. Slavin arrived early Christmas morning, and insisted on straightening up the room. Gullett said Slavin took $185 from under his pillow, and left.

Lincoln (Nebraska) Journal, September 28, 1949.

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