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Published: Sunday, January 19, 2020 @ 2:00 PM
By: Lauren Pack - Staff Writer
MIDDLETOWN — This year marks the 90th anniversary of the arrest of Clyde Barrow by Middletown police, one of the more unique pieces of the city’s crime history.
In a Facebook post, police shared the young Barrow’s booking photo and other jail records that are on display in the lobby about the March 18, 1930 incident.
Barrow — the most feared outlaw of his time and later part of Bonnie and Clyde — and his gang broke into a Middletown dry cleaning business and escaped after trying to steal eight suits, an overcoat and a dress.
As the Barrow gang climbed out a window, he yelled to his chaser: “Stick ’em up.”
Then the night watchman, George Leppich, shouted back: “You stick ’em up, too” and reached into his back pocket.
The gang dropped the clothing and fled. Leppich called police, but Barrow and his gang had escaped.