January 6, 1966 — Luray Police Officers Bryant Burke and Eugene Brubaker, working in corporation, picked up two boys Dec. 30, and charged them with taking a cigarette machine from the Tastee Freez Puppy Palace in West Luray early Dec. 28.
Several hundred packs of cigarettes were recovered by the officers. According to Officer Brubaker, the boys admitted stealing the machine and hauling it in the back of a car to the old Ruffner Ferry on the Shenandoah River where it was looted and then thrown into the shallow water. It was discovered there the next day.
About 80 cents in change was found with the machine.
Brubaker said “we got a hot lead, and with the help of Deputy Sheriff Aldine Painter, followed it up which resulted in a fast solution of the crime.”
~ From the public archives of the Page News and Courier
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