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Thefts from T.V.R. Vans.

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Thefts from T.V.R. Vans. Series of Charges against Tram Conductor. Seven Months' Imprisonment Imposed. At Porth Police Court on Thursday, before the Stipendiary (Mr. D. Lleufer Thomas) and other magistrates, Stephen Davies, a tram conductor, and formerly a servant in the employ of the Taff Vale Railway Company, was charged with a number of cases of theft from Taff Vale Railway wagons. Mr. Ingledew, Cardiff, prosecuted for the Company, and said that in the past eight months £100 had been lost. The first charge was one of stealing cigarettes, value £ 4 19s. lid. Evidence showed that these articles had been safely packed at Bristol, but when the wagon was unloaded, Harry Headford, goods checker at Tonypandy Station, found that they had been tampered with. Two tramwaymen had been asked by the defendant to buy cigarettes off him. P.S. Morris came to know of this and arrested prisoner' at the Tramway Depot. Prisoner at first said he had won them in a game of Houpla." He later admitted that he had taken them from Tonypandy Rail- way Station. Detective David Edwards said that the cigarettes were the property of the Taff Vale Railway, and the wholesale value was L4 19s. lid., which the Company had to refund. Prisoner pleaded guilty. The second charge was then taken. It was proved that prisoner had taken a navy blue serge suit, a black serge suit, a brown striped trousers, a boy's brown coat and waistcoat, nine dozen penny tins of boot polish, and 131bs. of soap, the total value being; £3 18s. lid. H. W. Woods, Tonypandy, said he found the skip of clothes almost empty and the van scattered with goods. The boxes con- taining the boot polish and soap had also been tampered with. J. Freedman, pawnbroker, Penygraig, said that prisoner had pledged a trousers value 3s. Inspector Edwards said that prisoner had admitted the thefts to him. Prisoner pleaded guilty, but said he had only taken three dozen boxes of polish. Prisoner was afterwards charged with stealing three bottles of gin. Evidence was given to the effect that twelve bottles of gin had been sent by Messrs. Hancock, Cardiff, to Mr. T. Jenkins, Blaenolydach. J. 0. Wilkins and Percy Hiett, Taff Vale Railway employees, said they found the cases had been tampered with. Prisoner again pleaded guilty. Prisoner was sentenced to three months' imprisonment for each of the two former cases and one month for the third—a total of seven months.

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