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. BABY THIEVES AT PONTYGWAITH

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BABY THIEVES AT PONTYGWAITH Expert Pickpockets. A HOMILY FROM THE BENCH. Rebecca, Bowen and Johanna Evans, aged 9 and 10, years respectively, living at Pontygwaith with their parents, will undoubtedly come to a. bad end unless a great reform takes place in their mode of living, for at the Pontypridd Police Court on We(inesday-before Councillor James Robertsâthey were charged with a series of daring thefts. Mary Jane Owen, a servant- living at 53, Llewellyn street, Pontygwaith, said that on Thursday last she went to a concert at the "cheap Jack's." She had half a sovereign in her purse, which she placed in her pocket. When she left the premises -she found her purse was gone, and immediately gave informa- tion to the police. She noticed the two child- ren running about in the tent. Peter Jones, manager of Cash and Co.'s shop at Tylorstown, said that on Friday morning the defendant, Rebecca came into his shop and asked the price of some slippers. Some time afterwards the other child came in and pur- chased two pairs of slippers, for which she tendered 5s 6d ,and was given sixpence change. He did not see any other money with her. P.C. Daniel Jones said lie arrested the two defendants at Maerdy ,and when charged Re- bccca Bowen said they were running around the tent when she fell down and placed her hand upon a, purse. On Wednesday morning aho stated the purse had been given her by awther girl. Gwenllian Davies, Pontygwaith, said she wenll to the "cheap Jack's" with a purse in her pos- session containing four brooches, four bracelets,, and a silver match box. She afterwards missed the purse and gave information to the police. She valued the articles at £1128 &L P.S. Jones said the child Johannah told him. there were only two brooches in the parse. JTane Hosser, Pontaninutli, deposed that sliO had lost her purse, with 5s 3d in it, in the tent. P.S. Jones gave evidence to the effect that Rebecca stated that Johanllah had taken her hand and put it into the pocket. Johannah re- plied, "No, you put it in yourself." Mr James Roberts, speaking to the parents. said, "We know something of you; in fact, we know a great deal too much about you. Yon have proved yourselves totally iur^vrorthy of bringing up these children, and it bears fruit to-day. I tell you, Mrs Evans and Mrs Bowen. that the neglect shown to these children will lead to their ruin. The-only step we can take to prevent these children being turned into con- firmed thieves is to take them, from you. They will be remanded to the Workhouse until Friday week with a view of sending them to a home.

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