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Taught Her Children to Steal. Amazing Evidence in Ystrad Case. T/ahenbert Mother Sent to Prison. Some remarkable evidence was given in a case heard at Ystrad on Monday, when Beatrice Jones (13) was charged with stealing a parcel of groceries, value 5s. 8d., the property of Frank Hiley, grocer, Treherbert. A charge of receiving the goods, know ing them to have been stolen, was preferred against the girl's mother, Annie Jones. Mr. Hiley said that lie packed the goods up in a parcel to be delivered to a customer, and left it in a store-room. He then went to tea, and on returning, found the parcel gone. He made en- quiries among his staff and gave infor- mation to the police. P.O. Thomas said that at 8.20 p.m., from information received, he went to Brynwyndham Terrace, Tynewydd. He saw Mrs. Jones, and asked her what became of the parcel of groceries: her boy had brought in. She denied all know- ledge of the goods. He asked her per- mission to search the house, and subse- quently found part of the goods in a cup- board upstairs. Prisoner said that these had been' bought at the Chinai Shop," Treorchy. The goods were in a paper bag bearing an address written by one of Mr. Hiley's assistants. P.O. Williams sa.id that he visited the house later the same evening, and asked Mrs. Jones to account for the goods found by P.C. Thomas in the cupboard. She replied that everything the police had found had been bought by her in different shops. Asked to name the shops, so as to make enquiries, prisoner said that she could not do so. Witness then told her that she would have to accompany him to the Police Station on a charge of receiving the goods knowing them to have been stolen. At the Police Station, the little girl said, in the presence of her mother, that she had stolen the goods, and had told her mother that this was so. The mother did not deny it. A charge of stealing a small bottle of sweets, value Is., the property of Alf. Wilkins, confectioner, Tynewydd, was next preferred against Percy Jones (8), and a, second charge of receiving the sweets was preferred against Annie Jones. The sweets were found in a perambulator by P.O. Thomas whilst that officer was in search of the goods mentioned in the previous case. When charged, the boy said that he stole the sweets, took them home, told his mother where he stole them from, and she hid them in a perambulator. P.C. Williams said that Beatrice Jones was one of the smartest thieves in the district. She went about dressed in a long shawl, and her little brother acted as spy, and there were continual com- plaints of things being stolen. When witness visited the house on Saturday, he found as many as half-a-dozen fresh loaves of bread which Mrs. Jones could not account for. The house was in a filthy condition, the husband was addicted to drink, and the mother taught the chil- dren to steal. Mr. T. P. Jenkins, addressing the mother, said that hers was a sad plight for a mother to be in. It was bad enough for a mother to discover that her chil- dren had been guilty of thieving, but in her case she had been proved a ready receiver and had employed her children to steal. She was not worthy the name of mother. The case against the boy was dismissed on account of his tender age; Beatrice Jones was placed on probation for two years; whilst the mother was sentenced to fourteen days' hard labour in respect of each of the offences.