Smooth Criminals in Carleton Place –The Robberies on Bridge Street


There was only one bank robbery in Carleton Place but thieves hit the downtown businesses like flies to honey. There were so many I couldn’t keep up with them all.


July 10, 1899.

Up to this morning there is no clue to the burglars who operated here on a Friday night in the shop of Mr. W. A. Shaw, merchant tailor. Fairly accurate descriptions are obtainable of the man who did the ‘inside’ work. He was seen through a plate glass front by a resident who was passing the store shortly after two o’clock. The thief knew he was seen and evidently hastened his departure accordingly. He was also seen by another resident after he had left the store through the back door and gate-way.


December 27, 1932.

The tobacco and pool room operated by Charles Giroux on Bridge Street was entered by an unknown person and cash, tobacco, cigarettes and sundries were carried away to the tune of $200 early Sunday morning. The intruders apparently entered by a cellar window and hid until the store was closed for the night. Sunday morning Mr. Giroux visited the store and on discovering his loss notified Chief Irvine who is now working on the case.

Carleton Place 1964–

And the goods were recovered in Nepean..


Top photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Buy Linda Secaspina’s Books— Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac– Tilting the Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place and 4 others on Amazon or Amazon Canada or Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street in Carleton Place

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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