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JEWEL ROBBERY AT CHESTER.…

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JEWEL ROBBERY AT CHESTER. A DISHONEST WAITER. At the City Police Court on Friday morning, before the Mayor (Dr. Roberts) and Ther magistrates, George Weaver, a young waiter at the Queen Hotel, Chester, pleaded guilty to stealing two diamond rings and a bracelet, value £ 500, the property of Barbara Elizabeth Gunn, widow of the late Mr. Michael Gunn proprietor of the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. It appeared that while Mrs. Gunn was staying at the Queen Hotel prisoner stole the rings and bracelet trom ner jewellery case. Being Off duty on Thursday, ne went to Liverpool and attempted to pawn one of tne rings at the establishment oi a tirm named Seem, in Ciaytcii-square. The dealers immediately communicated with the police, and prisoner was arrested by Detective- Inspector Jbeil, WHO found the jewellery in his possession. The Cuiei Constable (Air. Laybourne) said on the previous nignt, in consequence of a telephone message irom Liverpool, ue went, to that city and lound tue prisoner in custody. He had attempted to pledge a ling at the shop 01 a farm named totem, M Uiayton-square, WHO imme- diately communicated with the ponce, and he was arrested by iJetecave-inspector bell. On bemg searched tne two Tings and bracelet (produced; were found in his possession. he (Mr. Lay- bourne) received prisoner in custody from the Liverpool pouce, and shewed the jewellery to Mrs. Gunn, wno was staying at the Queen Hotel, Chester, and who identined it as a portion of the jewellery which she had left m a case at the notel, being 01 the value of over £5uU. Prisoner had been employed at the Queen Hotel ior a short time, and, so far a. had been ascertained, there had been no charge against him before. He was received by the manager (Mr. Burieigh) with a good character. When he was searched, prisoner said he found the jewellery. Evidence was given by Mrs. Gunn. She said she was at present staying at the Queen Hotel, and she identified the two rings and bracelet produced as ner property. She last saw them safe in her jeweliery case on Monday or Tues- day. Their value was about JB500. Mr. Burleigh, manager of the Queen Hotel, said prisoner had been employed there about three week., as waiter, and came with a good character from the proprietor of the Imperial Hotel, Llandudno. He was off duty on Thurs- day. The Chief Constable, in giving evidence of prisoner's arrest, said a sovereign purse, on which was engraved the name of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gunn, was found in prisoner's dress clotnes the previous night. On the question of dealing summarily with the case, Mr. Laybourne pointed out that Mrs. Gunn was travelling about the country, and might not be available at the sessions. Prisoner was now xormally charged, and pleaded guilty. n In reply to the Bench, he said he found the jewellery secreted. Mr. Laybcurne: I have made inquiries into that statement, and am perfectly satisfied that it is untrue. Prioner added that he belonged to Tarporley, but had no fixed abode. Mr. Laybourne said he had been brought up on the training ship indefatigable, and employed at the North-Western Hotel at Liverpool, and at other hotels in that city. Finally he went to the Imperial Hotel, Llandudno. He joined the Militia this year, but his discharge was purchased a few days after his enlistment. After a brief retirement of the Bench, the Mayor said they had discussed the question whether they should deal with prisoner sum- marily. Taking into consideration his youth and previous good character, and the time that would necessarily elapse before his trial at the sessions, they had decided to deal summarily, and prisoner would be sentenced to six months' hard labour. The Mayor commented on the temptation to which young people wore exposed, a.- in this case, by the indiscretion of persons in leaving valuable property unprotected.

A MOLLIXGTOtf FATALITY.

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