Dakota Datebook

Stole Car And Kids

Saturday, August 10, 2013


A shady fellow found an unattended car on this date in 1925 and took it for a joy ride. Unfortunately, the car thief hadn’t noticed the two passengers in back. The sons of the car’s owner had been sleeping under a tarp, and the two boys were understandably startled to find themselves driving down the road with a stranger behind the wheel.


The car thief gave the boys a dollar and told them to keep quiet. Unfortunately, the car ran out of gas, so the thief reclaimed his dollar and told the boys he would walk to town to buy gas. The thief never returned, but a search party found the boys safely awaiting rescue in the abandoned car.


Dakota Datebook written by Derek Dahlsad



“Bandit Steals Kids And Car,” Bismarck Tribune, 8/10/1925


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Dakota Datebook is a project of Prairie Public, in partnership with the State Historical Society of North Dakota, with funding from the North Dakota Humanities Council.

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