Apprehend Forged Money Order Passer at Belmont: Joseph Evangeles Arrest Brought About by Alert Mutuel Supervisor, Daily Racing Form, 1953-06-13


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Apprehend Forged Money Order Passer at Belmont BelmontJoseph Joseph Evangeles Arrest Brought About by Alert Mutuel Supervisor SupervisorBEIJVtONT BEIJVtONT PARK Elmont L I N Y June 12 Joseph Evangeles 36 alias Joseph Lucas of 54 West 85th Street New York City whq has been sought by local and federal authorities on a charge of cashing forged American Express money orders at race tracks and hotels from Washington D C to New York is in Nassau County jail awaiting grand jury action following his arrest at Belmont Park by agents of Pinkertons New York racing service and Nassau County detectives Jerry OGrady in charge of all Pinkerton opera ¬ tions on the New York tracks said Evan ¬ geles arrest came when an alert mutuel supervisor John Mullins recalled an alarm concerning stolen American Express money orders and flashed the emergency light to call Pinkerton patrolman Charles Weber WeberEvangeles Evangeles a tall scholarly type vehem ¬ ently protested hisinnocence at the outset He insisted his name was John Tragos the party to whom the stolen money orders had been issued and attempted to prove his identity by displaying a travelers identification card in the name of John Tragos While he appeared practiced in signing Tragos name after close examina ¬ tion dissimilarities were noted After lengthy interrogation he admitted his identity as Evangeles a native of Lowell Massachusetts He also carried an auto license issued to him in the name of Joseph Lucas LucasA A search revealed that Evangeles had in his possession a total of eleven 10 money orders and four 20 orders two of which he had attempted to cash in the mutuel department The money orders were num ¬ bered among 1500 worth of money orders reported to the New York Police Depart ¬ ment as having been stolen some time early in 1953 1953Evangeles Evangeles who served more than 3 years of a sixyear sentence in Rhode Island State Penitentiary for breaking and entry in 1935 stated that he had been suc ¬ cessful in keeping out of trouble with the police since that time but made a mistake of attempting to pass the forged money Borders at Belmont Park ParkOn On his arraignment before Judge Levine in Mineola District Court he was remanded to jail in default of 7500 bail to await action of the grand jury

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