While there are so many unexpected possibilities all in a day’s work for those employed in law enforcement, one hardly expects to serve as investigator on one’s own behalf. Don’t put that beyond Sergeant John Kelly Stevens, who found himself doing just that.
On September 16, 1899, The Fort Wayne News must have gotten a chuckle out of entering the title, “Finds His Trowel: Sergeant Stevens Finds His Own Property in a Pawn Shop.”
Yesterday Sergeant Stevens, of the police force, was compelled to do a little detective work for himself. About two weeks ago a moulder called upon the sergeant at police headquarters to borrow his moulder's trowel. The police officer loaned the man the implement and he went to work at the Bass foundry. A few days ago the sergeant learned that the man had quit and gone out on a wild drunk. The officer began making inquiries for the tool and soon learned that the fellow had skipped out. Last night the officer recovered the borrowed article at a South Calhoun street pawn shop.