CONVICTION OF A FASHIONABLE SHOPLIFTER.|1867-08-24|The Brecon County Times Neath Gazette and General Advertiser for the Counties of Brecon Carmarthen Radnor Monmouth Glamorgan Cardigan Montgomery Hereford - Welsh Newspapers Online
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CONVICTION OF A FASHIONABLE SHOPLIFTER. Charlotte Day, a fashionably-dressed young woman, was, on Tuesday, brought before Mr. Burcham, at the Southwark Police-court, for final examination, charged with stealing a piece of long cloth calico, value 15s., from the shop of Mr. Thomas Brooks, linendraper, 105, High-street, Borough also with stealing two children's dresses, and other articles, from another shop in the same neighbourhood. It appeared from the evidence of Edward Callow, a porter in the employ of Mr. Brooks, that on Wednesday evening last he was standing near one of the doors, when he saw the prisoner enter the shop in rather a stealthy manner, and with the utmost deliberation she went up to a pile of long cloths near the doorway, and taking a piece from the top, she rolled it up, and, putting it under her capacious shawl, walked away with it. He followed her and stopped her ten yards off, when he asked her to return to the shop. She demurred at first, but afterwards accompanied him when she saw a con- stable come up and, as soon as they got into the shop, she dropped the piece of calico from under her shawl near the counter. Police-constable 84 M said that the prisoner was searched at the station-house, and two children's dresses quite new, were found concealed upon her. He had since found the owner of those things, which she had stolen from another shop in the Borough, on the same evening. Mr. Burcham asked whether anything was known of the prisoner ? The Constable replied that she had given a false address, and he had not been able to ascertain anything about her. The Prisoner pleaded guilty, declaring that she never committed such a crime before. She therefore hoped his Worship would deal leniently with her. Mr. Burcham observed that, from the manner in which she stole the piece of calico, he doubted very much about it being her first offence. However, as he had no evi- dence to the contrary, he should not inflict the full punishment allowed by law. He, however, sentenced her to four months' hard labour.

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