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Verde Heritage
By Glenda Farley, Cottonwood, AZ
Local historian Glenda Farley guides us on a journey back in time to discover fascinating moments that make up our Verde heritage and history.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

1930: COTTONWOOD SERVICE STATION ROBBERY.

Verde Heritage

"SERVICE STATION ATTENDANT 'TAKEN FOR A RIDE'"

"Shoving him into their car at the point of a gun, two highwaymen last night took Jerry Losado, attendant at the Rite Now Service Station, of Cottonwood, to the cemetery located near here, tied him up to a tombstone, and went back to the service station and rifled at their leisure. Some merchandise was taken, and the cash register robbed of between $40 and $50."

"The two young men, who were in a Ford pick-up, drove up to the station at approximately 8 o'clock in the evening. They asked for gas, and Losado started to comply with their request. As soon as he came near enough, both men shoved guns in his face, and announced their intentions of robbing the place. Losado put up some resistance, and the two slapped and kicked him into the car, and conveyed him to the graveyard."

"Losado hailed a passing car, was rescued, and came back to report the occurrence to the officers. The whole affair consumed 30 or 40 minutes, but it was long enough for the thieves to clear out."

(Verde Copper News; Tuesday, December 2, 1930; page 1.)

"BANDIT PAIR CAPTURED IN VALLEY CONFESS TO COTTONWOOD ROBBERY."

"A busy one-week criminal career of two young desperadoes came to an end early yesterday morning when Scott Wilson, 24, and Bill McKey, 19, who claim Oklahoma and Texas as their native haunts, were captured by Deputy Sheriffs Charles Edwards of Clarkdale, Claude H. McCracken, and Roland Mosher of Prescott, after a chase that began in Prescott and ended in Wilbur Canyon, four miles beyond Black Canyon on the Cottonwood-Camp Verde highway."

"The two men confessed to a series of crimes, including the robbery last Thursday night of the Rite Now Service Station in Cottonwood after taking attendant, Jerry Lozardo, for a ride and leaving him tied up in the Cottonwood cemetery --- while they looted the station. Lozardo appeared as a witness against the pair in court yesterday at Prescott and identified them as the men who held him up and robbed him. They waived preliminary hearing, pleaded guilty to the charges, and will be sentenced in Superior court tomorrow."

"Wilson and McCoy's robbing of Prescott homes, the theft from the Arizona Power company of a car which they used in the Cottonwood holdup, and the plundering of several ranch houses near Perkinsville had put county officers on the lookout."

(Verde Copper News; Tuesday, December 9, 1930; page 1,)

"SERVICE STATION THUGS GET TERM IN THE PENITENTIARY"

"Scott Wilson and Darrell Williams, arrested a few days ago in a cabin near Camp Verde, where they were hiding after a series of robberies extending from Prescott to Cottonwood, where they held up the Rite Now filling station a week ago and kidnapped the attendant, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a grand larceny charge before Judge Joseph S. Penckes of Maricopa county superior court. Each of them were sentenced to spend not less than three years nor more than ten years in the state penitentiary."

"Williams term in the state prison, however, will be longer, for in addition to the present three to ten year term, he, as an escaped prisoner, will be forced to complete the serving of a former three to five year term."

"Jerry Losardo, the attendant at the filling station in Cottonwood, identified the pair as his assailants in the holdup at the service station. It is said that the pair admitted the robbery, as well as a number of others committed in Prescott and vicinity."

(Verde Copper News; Friday, December 12, 1930; page 1.)

Arizona Department of Corrections, Historical Prison Register, lists Scott Wilson as inmate #008373, received 12/19/1930, and Darrell Williams as inmate #007710 received 02/02/1929, and as inmate #008372 received 12/19/1930.




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