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ESCAPiBD CONVICT CHBCKMATED BY Wireless telegraphy has brought about the arrest, at llewhaxen of an Englishman named Corman,. wanted by the French police. V ~ . . :6n Saturday afternoon, February 2Tth, a man. named Petltjean, an escaped convict, -was arrested at Lyons In a cafe. He had Just handed over a bag of stolenbohds and stolen Je-weilery to-Corman, who tad gone over to Lyons from England to fetch them. The police had great difficulty In arresting Petitjean who fired ppintbiank at them and shot and wounded one of his accomplices, a man named Morau. Corman got away In the ecutne, and the ports of Calais, Dieppe, Havre, and Boulogne were warned bj wire, but the wire reached Dieppe a quarter of an hour after the steamer had left for ■ Newhavec. . A wireless message wag therefore sent to the Newhaten police, and at nine 6'jclock on Sunday morning Cbrinan' was taken as he landed, and. the jewellery and bonds were found on him. Petitjean, the head of the band, is one of the most. daring swindlers of late times. He Is ioFty-iseven, and has escaped six times from penal "servitude in French Guinea, where, he has been sent six times on life sentences. Since 1001, when not in prison, he has lived die life of a. wealthy man, under countless aliases, and has made a large fortune. His methbd wag nearly always the He gave himself a title, and bought houses in the country, for whicih, of course, he did not pay. He had iiese" furnished on credit, bought motor cars and carriages, and arranged to have the motor ca* aha furniture carried oft by other membersof iits band. ;' | He says that by this By stem he hag "earned" m'brfe than £80,000 In the Saet eight years. He also says — but this the police do Mot beltoVe •— that he is. a poor man nbw. ; "I have lost' this time," he said to the police when they-had the handcuff ft on .him, "but you can only eend mc to Frfendi GWnea, and I kno#. ho# to escape."'

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CAUGHT BY "WIRELESS.", Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 0, 17 April 1909

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CAUGHT BY "WIRELESS." Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 0, 17 April 1909

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