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I iThieving at the Station.

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I i Thieving at the Station. MADDOCKS COMMITTED TO THE j ASSIZES. Richard Charles Maddocks, Sandy Terrace, was brought up on remand at the Police Court on Wednesday, and charged with steal- ing a quantity ct goods from the Great Wes- tern Railway Company. The prosecuting adveerte said that Mad- docks was in the employ of the Company for sixteen years, but severed his connection in 1907. On the evening cf May 1st Detective Mountjoy and a constable concealed them- selves under a waggon in the goods' yard. They saw the prisoner examining the labels and untying the sheet strings. He was also observed to get on the buffer. When Mount- joy was endeavouring to ure the prisoner a violent struggle tuck 1 and an electric lamp and a burgl-ir's were found in his possession. When th" was searched two bottles of \hi3! ('0('03, stockings, and a bottle of bovril were found in the roof. It was evident that the prisoner had used his knowledge of the j»r>?nnror'?nts at the goods' yard to pilfer the goods. Det^Mive Mountio^ âcp +h^t f?.3 pri- j soner admitted taki'i? from a truck a week ago, and also admitted taking the cocoa a week preyi-pr On the way to j the Docks Police Station defendant said. You need not mention in the court that I threw the bottle at von. It could, not have hurt you much. It did hurt you very hard." When charged with the theft defen- | dant made no replv. PC. J. H. Thomas said th^t on the way from the Police Station to the- defendant's, house, the latter asked bin] wbat would be i the hest thing for him to do. nnd witness«aid lie would say nothing. The defendant then-! s.^iri, "it wiU be no n^e <ret+ing a solici- j t-or. I have been caught at it this time." Maddocks said he wished +" state that he I did not wilfully throw the bottle at the de- tective. Further evidence was adduced, and the Bench committed defendant to take his trial j at the Assizes?

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