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Dishonest Abertysswg Boots. SMART CAPTURS At Tredegar Police Court, on Monday, Ernii Halford, 21, a, stableman and boots, employed at the McLaren Hotel, Abertysswg, was charg- ed with stealing a. suit of clothes, the property of Alfred Burridge, billiard marker at the hotel, and a gun and several pairs of boots, the property of the proprietor, Mr. W. Con- stance Price. The articles were identified by the owners, Mr. Price stating that the gun was hanging up in the kitchen, and one of the pairs of boots was taken from his private room, The suit of clothes was taken from a drawer in Burridge's room. Prisoner, according to the evidence of Mr. Price, mugt have "watched him going to bed, and made off with the things in the early hours of the morning.—P.C. Brace (stationed at Abercarn) said he saw the prisoner carrying a. sack across his shoulders, and stop- ped him. Prisoner put the bag down, and sat on it. The offioer asked him if he was changing his "diggings," and searched his batr. On put- ting his hand into the bag he felt the gun and prisoner said it was a walking stick, but on pulling it out, he found it to be a gun. Prisoner then said, "Oh, yes. I have been a soldier." Halford then admitted stealing the articles from the McLaren Hotel, and witness took him into custody. Previous convictions at Coleford, and Lydney were proved, and prisoner was committed for three months with hard labour.—P.C. Brace was highly commended by the Bench for the smart manner in which no captured the prisoner without previously helv- ing received any information

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