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THEFT OF CHARITY BOXES AT GILFACH. WORKMEN'S CLUB RANSACKED. At the Bargoed Police Court on Friday Morgan Evans, haulier, and William Llewellyn (16), labourer, of Gilfach, were charged with breaking and entering the Workmen's Club, Gilfach, and stealing therefrom two collecting boxes contain- ing about .£2 12s. Od. in bronze, three bottles of whisky, one bottle of gin, and a bottle of brandy valued altogether at J63 14s. 6d. Henry Llewellyn, steward of the Gilfach Work- men's Club, of which the trustees were David Buxton and Wm. Shaw, said he locked up the club at 11.30 on the 4th March when everything was safe, and on going there the next morning he found that the bolts of the back door had been forced open, and that things had been disturbed indide, and two boxes missing and a drawer smashed. One of the missing boxes was the Car- diff Infirmary box which had contained about X2. The contents of the box were counted every three months. When opened two months ago the con- tents then taken out amounted to 22 6s. Od. Another missing box was the Fire Brigade's Widows and Orphans box, which he estimated by its weight to have contained at least 12s. The articles mentioned in the charge and the other articles in the way of spirits were also missing. The value of the spirits was 91 2s. 6d. The pri- soner, Morgan Evans, was admitted a member of the club on the 3rd March and was received as a man of good character. P. Sergt Folland said that he arrested Morgan Evans on the 15th March at 137, Park Place, Gilfach, and took him to the Bargoed Police Sta. tion, where, in reply to the charge made, he said, I admit all. I burnt the boxes and we drank the spirits." On the 16th, witness said he received Wm. Llewellyn into custody from the Cardiff police, and when charged Llewellyn said, I was not at the club, I was in bed. I heard someone counting money in the kitchen and got out of bed and went downstairs and was given a couple of shillings to say nothing." Witness fur- ther said he had received .£1 3s. lid. from a tin in the pantry of Evans' house, and la. 5d. also that was in his pockets. Morgan Evans pleaded guilty and was sent for trial at the next Quarter Sessions. The charge against Llewellyn was dismissed. The same prisoners were then charged with breaking and entering a lock.up shop at Gilfach and stealing a side of bacon, a tin of herrings, a tin of sardines, and a tin of salmon, a pound of tobacco, fourteen packets of cigarettes and four- pence in bronze, valued altogether at A3 Is. 4 £ d., and with receiving the goods knowing them to have been stolen on the 13th March. Percy Randolph Morris, manager of the India and China Tea Co., 53, Park-place, Gilfach, said that on the 12th March he locked up the shq.,) at 1.30 and left everything secure. On going into the premises at 8 o'clock the next morning he found that the back door had been burst open, and the glass of the door leading from the store-room into the shop had been smashed; the safe had been removed from its position and on examining his stock he found the articles mentioned in the charge to be missing, and that the till had been opened and 4d. taken out. Witness then gave information to the police. Some of the articles produced in Court witness identified as part of the missing atock. P. Sergt. Folland gave evidence of arrest as in the pre- vious case, and said that when charged Evans said, "I have nothing to say." Llewellyn said, "I did not go into the shop, I was in the lane watching and I carried some of the things away." Witness said he recovered the missing articles from the pantry in Morgan Evans' house. On this charge both prisoners were sentenced to take their trial at the next Quarter Sessions.

BILLIARDS.

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