March 09, 2014
March 9,1888. Charles E. Tabor, a clerk in Wells Fargo's San Jose office, had a problem. He was seeing double, as he explained to police chief W.D. Brown. "On February 13, from Petaluma we received $20 from J. Banton consigned to John Banton. On February 19, a party called at office and represented himself to be John Banton. He stated shipper's name, shipping office, amount shipped; in fact seemed to know all about it. Believing him to be the right party, I delivered the money to him." Now, the excitement began for clerk Tabor. "About a week after, another party called and claimed to be John Banton, giving the same particulars. The latter party has since fully identified himself to be the right man, consequently, I have delivered $20 to him on March 8. The shipper claims he wrote to his brother, but same has not been received. My opinion is that John Banton No. I secured the letter from the Post Office thereby having full information. The only way I see to capture the man is by his signature, which I enclose with that of Banton No. 2."