It was the great ice cream caper.
During the early morning hours on a Tuesday in late August 1937, three O’Fallon boys, all about 14 years old, conspired to steal ice cream from Mel Hemmen’s shop on West First Street.
Knowing downtown was patrolled by William Sanspeur, the night shift police officer, they waited for him to go off his beat before they struck. Two of the boys made it to the rendezvous and succeeded in lifting several bricks of ice cream. They went to the B&O park, now the parking lot along First Street between Lincoln and Cherry, to enjoy the spoils. But not wanting to leave out the third boy, who apparently had overslept, they hid what was left of the ice cream in some bushes at the park and went to retrieve him at his house.
On returning to the park, however, they discovered the ice cream was gone. It turned out that Mel Hemmen had watched the whole thing and stole back the ice cream when the two boys went to get the third. All three were given a stern lecture by Deputy Sheriff and O’Fallonite John E. Tiley.
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