Pinkerton Circular Oliver Curtis Perry
Pinkerton Circular Oliver Curtis Perry – Pinkerton’s National detective agency offered a $1000 reward for Train Robbery.
Feb. 22, 1892: Oliver Curtis Perry hopped aboard the ladder of a car on the American Express Special as it pulled out of the station in Syracuse. He’d single-handedly robbed the same train a year before and had already run through that loot so thought he’d go back for more.
He fixed a rope to the roof, donned a mask and swung through a window of the messenger car. Inside the train, Perry got in a gunfight with a messenger named Daniel McInerney, then retreated to the train’s roof and rode there to Lyons, Wayne County.
Spotted jumping from the roof of the train by the local sheriff and a doctor who’d come to treat the injured McInerney, Perry leaped down, ran to another platform, boarded a locomotive, started it up and drove away, headed west. Wayne County Sheriff Jerry Collins commandeered another train, and sped off in pursuit.