From the Richmond Dispatch, 8/8/1864, p.1, c. 7
Robberies. - A few evenings since the millinery store of Mrs. Ann W. Traylor, on Broad street, between Third and Fourth, was entered and robbed of several ladies’ hats. Mrs. Traylor was sitting in her back room, with the front door open, so that the breeze might pass through her house, when the fellow, who was a white man, deliberately stepped in and snatched the hats from her counter. The audacity of the act so much confused her that some time elapsed before she recovered her composure, when she hurried to the door to see where he went but in the meantime the thief had gotten out of sight.
Between eleven and twelve o’clock Saturday night Mr. N. Tinsley Pate’s store, on Cary street, between Eleventh and Twelfth, was entered by some four or five negroes, who attempted to carry off two bags of coffee; but before they succeeded in getting away with their plunder, they were discovered, pursued and made to drop it. One of them left his hat behind, which may lead to his detection. The store was broken into through the rear part.