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Forrest D. Ferguson v. Phoenix Assurance Company of New York
Citation:189 Kan. 459.
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The plaintiff’s insured place of business was broken into by forcing the front door open. As a result of the burglary there was $70 worth of damage. $32.59 of narcotics was stolen and $433.56 was taken from the safe. The defendant wanted to reimburse the plaintiff for $152.59, which did not include $383.76 taken from the safe. The safe had two doors and both were locked. The inner door showed marks of force and violence, showing the use of tools. The insurance policy had limited liability for safe burglary up to $50.00. The policy also had an exclusion clause that the policy did not apply to any fraudulent or dishonest acts by the insured, but this exclusion does not apply to safe burglary or robbery by other people than the insured. The exclusion was amended to include conditions, which required there to be visible marks on the exterior of the doors of the vault for the insured to recover for safe burglary.
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