From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, October 1969.
Crescent City Police are looking for the “meanest thief in Del Norte County” following a complaint filed by a local man that his car had been stolen.
Emil Hartig of Crescent City reported that someone had stolen the family car, a 1958 model, as it was parked in front of Veteran’s Memorial Hall.
The car contained his 14-year-old Chihuahua dog and his wife’s crutches. The Hartigs have had the little 3-pound dog all these years. Due to its age, the dog has no teeth, needs special care, and can only be fed certain food.
If the car is not found, Hartig will have to buy his wife another set of crutches so she can get around. Both are retired senior citizens and are living on a modest pension.