FBI Arrests Chevy Chase Boys in Fake I.D. Scandal

The next time your father or grandfather tells you he never found himself in trouble during his youth, approach that claim with some skepticism, especially if he grew up in Chevy Chase.

Check out this fantastic old article that we uncovered in The Washington Post from December 12th, 1951.

Two teen-age Chevy Chase boys were arrested by the FBI and Montgomery County police yesterday in connection with two break-ins at the Bethesda Selective Service office.

Charged with stealing government property and two counts of larceny and housebreaking in the alleged theft of a typewriter and about 100 blank registration cards from the office were a a 17-year-old and Roger Hensel Young, an 18-year-old father, of 33 W. Kirke st., Chevy Chase.

The younger boy was arrested by County Detective Sergt. Leo Day and Detective Corpl. Lloyd Whalen, at his Chevy Chase home. Young was arrested by the FBI on a west-bound bus in St. Louis, after a police tip.

The FBI said the youths had been selling draft board cards for $1 to $3 to other boys. When made out to show the bearer’s age above 18, the cards are handy for buying beer in the District, police said.

The Federal charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.

Detectives said the 17-year-old suspect had been to the draft board and registered under an assumed name. He returned two weeks later, saying he had lost his card and was given a duplicate, police said. He was later identified by board personnel through a picture in his high school yearbook.

Heurich Beer in the 1950s
Heurich Beer in the 1950s

Source: Heurich House on Pinterest

Check out 33 W. Kirke St. It’s a pretty nice -looking house. I imagine there aren’t too many petty criminals living there today!

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  • Harvey Glick

    Easy on this “fantastic old article that we uncovered in The Washington Post from December 12th, 1951”. Not a bit funny – as I was 7! Seems like only 12 or so years ago?!?

  • S. Riley

    Funny or tragic ? My father was the “18 year old father” who was arrested and later did time in Joliet Prison for this little caper. He went back to California after prison, abandoning my mother and I. They soon divorced and I never heard from him again but the internet has made ( almost ) all things discoverable, so I found out he died in Oregon in 2007. It was very sad, I googled ‘Roger Hensel Young’ and got his grave marker … then was able to find his obit in the Portland, OR paper, so was able to find out all I know about his life.

    I am grateful to read about this little bit of family history, so thanks for posting it ! I only found out about this about 15 years ago when my mom’s sister spilled the beans about Roger spending time in prison, by mistake, in front of me ! I made Ma tell me and they were very sorry to have to tell me the full story, but I was glad to know anything at all. The good, the bad and the ugly.

    I remember visiting my Grandfather at the Kirk st. house a couple of times, he was a real prize, John Parke Young, one of the founders of the IMF and an influential economist in the Truman administration. He showed me a picture of my Father with another child from a subsequent marrige and it broke my heart. That’s the only photo of my dad he ever showed me. he must’ve known it would hurt.

    Thanks for posting this !