BANDIT TRIO ROBS LEES SUMMIT P.O.
Early Morning Explosions Awaken Citizens, Who Watch Men Escape.
A trio of bandits broke into the post-office at Lees Summit early yesterday morning and after wrecking the safe by setting off eight charges of nitroglycerine, they stole $100 in cash, $150 in stamps and several blocks of blank postal savings bond certificates.
The explosions awoke everyone in Lees summit and a great crowd gathered before the bandits began their flight. Then was witnessed the funniest spectacle at all.
The robbers went to the postoffice in an automobile and they started to flee in the machine. A tire burst after they had gone 100 yards. The robbers got out and while one of the men repaired the puncture, the two others held off the crowd.
"Anyone who interferes," cautioned one of the robbers, "will be shot dead." Nobody interfered.
The mechanical bandit worked for twenty-five minutes on the broken tire, and finally mended it. Then, when the robbers had made their second start, the automobile skidded into a ravine and they were subjected to another delay. The crowd still followed, but no one fired on the bandits.
After pushing the machine to the road, the robbers again started off and this time got away. They drove toward Kansas City.