NABBED BY SLEUTHS
Detectives Trail Two Men on
Street and Capture Them
in Woman's House.
HAD BUNCH OF SIXTY KEYS.
Mrs. Anna Liebross Says They
Tried to Rob Her.
Detectives Chas. Byer and James McCormick were on the steps of the Gates avenue police station yesterday afternoon, when they saw two young men pass by.
"Those birds don't look good to me; let's follow them," remarked Byers.
Trailing the men for eight blocks, they noticed them peering into standing automobiles, as though looking for valuables.
The sleuths them saw them mount the steps of a private house at 280 Stuyvesant avenue and ring the bell. There was no response to the ring and the suspects took keys from their pockets, the detectives say, and entered the house, leaving the door open behind them. Byer and McCormick followed and secreted themselves in the hallway. They watched the two men make their way to the second floor of the house and soon heard the jingling of keys.
"Help! Police!" came a woman's voice. Downstairs dashed the two men and the detectives seized them. They took them to the woman upstairs, Mrs. Anna Liebross, who identified them and said that they had tried to rob her.
The men described themselves as Joseph Schmitt, 24 years old, a laborer, of 47 Herbert street, Maspeth, and Anthony Evans, 21, a driver, of 226 Manhattan avenue. The detectives searched the prisoners and say that they found sixty keys attached to a leather strap. On Schmitt, it is said,were found thirty-one pawn tickets for clothing and household articles pledged in various Brooklyn pawnshops under the names of "Jones" and "Cohen."
The men will be taken before Magistrate McGuire to-day in Gates avenue police court on charges of attempted burglary.
This 27 November 1920 publication is the second time I've located a newspaper article with one of my relatives as victim of a criminal. Anna Liebross was, at the time, the wife Max. Their address at 280 Stuyvesant Avenue, Brooklyn, would have been across the street from his parents and siblings at 291 Stuyvesant Avenue.  When this event occurred, they had three children: Rose, Harold and Gertrude. In 1923 they would have a fourth: Morris. Sometime after that, Max left his family. Daughter Rose died in 1928. 
Reading this article and knowing the difficult life that Anna lived, I am relieved that the thieves were caught so quickly and without further incident.
2. 1920 U.S. Census, Kings County, New York, population schedule, Brooklyn, Enumeration District 294, sheet 13A, dwelling 173, family 271, Louis Liebross; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 January 2012).
3. Kings County, New York, Certificate of Death no. 16457 (31 July 1928), Rose Liebross, New York City Municipal Archives, New York.