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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Spokane police Officer Roy Fordyce was hot on the trail of a man who had posed as a gas inspector and committed a long series of daylight burglaries.

So Fordyce went undercover. He dressed up as a workman and strolled along Main Avenue, where his suspect, Ray Moore, was known to hang out. He saw Moore come out of a hotel. Fordyce began to follow him but Moore caught wind of the sleuth and dodged up an alley, where he hid behind some shacks occupied by junk dealers. Fordyce fired three shots, which apparently missed.

Fordyce then circled around the block and saw Moore attempting to “crawl to cover on his hands and knees.” That’s when Fordyce grabbed him.

Police later discovered large quantities of stolen loot in area pawn shops, sold by Moore.

At the police station, Moore said he knew that officers were on to him and he had intended to board the night train to Pendleton.

“Ten minutes later, you’d never have got me,” he said.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1967: The Senate confirmed the appointment of Thurgood Marshall as the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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