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TWO YOUNG BEGINNERS IN CRIME.I

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TWO YOUNG BEGINNERS IN CRIME. I William Noakes, a respectable-looking youn^ man, aged 18, who was charged at the Maifylebone Police- cour, with his brother (not in custody), with stealing and receiving £ 278 in gold and notes, and cheques for .£20, was brought up at the Middlesex Sessions, on Tuesday. The facts are fresh in the recollection of the public. Information was given to Mr. Inspector Steer, of the X division, that a large amount of property ha.d been stolen by the prisoner's brother, who was in the employ of Mr. Whitely, of 31, Westbourne-grove, the prosecutor. The inspector went to Ports- mouth, and apprehended the prisoner, who, when he heard the charge against him, said, "Yes, it is all right, sir; I am as ba,d as my brother." I The prisoner then confessed that when his brother went into the prosecutor's service he learnt from a former servant that he had- been in the habit of taking large sums of money LO the bank for his master, and also laarnfe from him that upon one ocoasion the former servant had taken as large a sum as £ 7,000. His brother said if he had a chance he would get a large sum and would go away with him. They then made arrangements that after the money was obtained the brother should call at the shop where the prisoner was employed, and aek to see him, and he (prisoner) should then know by tha.t that hia brother had got the money and had gone The first he heard of his going away was from a police- mau calling and asking him if he had seen his brother. He was shutting, up the ahop, and he told the officer he had not. When he had closed the shop he went to Fetter-lane, where he met his brother, and they counted over all the money. They then went and slept at a coffee-shop in the Walworta-roao, and on the following day went to the Crystal Palace and sawall the sights there. From the Crystal Palace they went to Hastings, and then to Margate. They fell out with one another at Margate, and divided the money. His brother gave him £ 95 for his share. The brother offered him some bank-notes, but he wouldn't take them, and in consequence of that ha only received £ 95 in gold. When the inspector apprehended him he found 70 sovereigns in his possession, some silver, and a new watch and ehain, which he (the inspector) learnt he had purchased at Margate. In answer to Mr. Payne, Inspector Steer said he believed the brother had contrived to leave the country. If it had not been for the information the prisoner had given to the police in the country he could not have apprehended him. The prisoner was in the employ of a gentleman living at 94, Westbourne-grove. A verdict of guilty having baen'resorded against the prisoner, Mr. Hodgkinson (the clerk of the court) asked him what he had to say. The Prisoner: My father is to blama for all this. My step-mother behaved very bad to me. They treated me very badly at home. (He here burst into tears.) Mr. Payne respited judgment, to allow Inspector Steer to make farther inquiries. Inspector Steer applied that the property should be given up to the prosecutor, which the court allowed, remarking that the prosecutor would lose about £ 200 for his want of caution. The idea of entrusting about £ 300 to a porter when he might have taken it to the bank in two minutes himself!

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