Arrest of Alleged thieves.
--On Friday afternoon last, Major W. H. Gibbs
was robbed of $2,500 on the Petersburg
train, coming to this city.
Suspecting two men who occupied seats be hind him, one of whom carried a crutch, the Major
, as soon as he arrived here, acquainted Chief-of-Police R. T. Seal
of the facts of the robbery and gave a description of the two persons, sitting behind him on the cars, whom he suspected.--That officer, assisted by policemen Moore
, immediately set about to arrest the thieves, and early in the day of Saturday took into custody John Leathers
, of notoriously bad character, who was locked up in the lower station house as one of the parties charged with the robbery.
Upon further inquiries, it was ascertained that Leathers
was in frequent companionship with a lame man named John Kearney
, and accordingly, on Saturday night, a plan was set on foot to catch him. Proceeding to the house, in the upper end of the city, occupied by Leathers
's family, the officers effected an entrance, when they found Kearney
, who carried a crutch, occupying a room with Leathers
's sister, and in a room above, another man, named George Finnacon
, with whom was a woman who lived with John Leathers
Upon the persons of all these parties was found considerable sums of money; and in the case of Sarah Leathers
, she had upwards of three hundred dollars tied around her person. --Believing that all of them were more or less implicated in the transaction, the officers took them out of their beds and committed them to the cage about 3 o'clock yesterday morning to answer before the Mayor