Bonnie and Clyde Chicken Heist

At one time we lived in an apartment in the house with Mrs. Stipes just west of the Courthouse Square where Ambrose Burch lives today. Daddy worked in Mr. Lum Ingram’s general store located on the south side of the Courthouse Square. We lived so near the store, Daddy walked to work. This was good since we didn’t own an automobile. I remember being able to see the store from our front porch and watching for him to come home.

Some years ago I talked with Hill Huddleston who helped move us to Fayetteville. He remembered that about this time some chickens were stolen at night from one of his relatives’ chicken house. On investigation of the crime scene they found that the thieves had left two sets of foot prints. One set appeared to be from a man’s shoes but the other from a woman’s high-heel shoes. As the story circulated around town everyone speculated who the thieves might be. Maybe it was a man and his wife; or could it be someone from another community. No one knew a woman who might be bold enough to engage in stealing chickens. Nevertheless the evidence seemed to point to a woman and a man being involved in the crime.

Daddy frequently bought live chickens from people in the community for resale at the store. He remembered buying chickens from a young man whom I’ll call “Cowboy” (since most people called him that). Daddy realized that Cowboy always wore cowboy type boots with a piercing heel. It didn’t take Daddy long to put two and two together and realize that the second set of shoe-prints were not from a woman’s high-heel shoes but from Cowboy’s boots. And thus the case of the “Bonnie and Clyde” chicken robbery was solved. While the chickens could not be retrieved, the young men were required to pay the owner for the stolen chickens.