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WHOLESALE HARNESS ROBBERIES. Laleston Men's Losses. At Bridgend Police Court on Thursday last week, Illtyd Stewart, aged 39, a farrier, of Caer- philly, was charged with stealing a set of trap harness and other articles, valued JE14, from Parca leaf Farm, Laleston, the property of Evan Thomas, between 11 p.m. on December 5th and December 6th. There was a second charge of stealing and receiving a set of harness from Parca Uchaf Farm, Laleston, the property of David Edwards, value JE4, on the 6th Decem- ber; and a third charge of receiving harness, value X4, from Turnip House, Laleston, the property of Jenkin Jones, on Dec. 6th.-The first witness was William Morgan, timber merchant, 17 Station Terrace, Caerphilly, who said he knew defendant, and saw him ten days ago at the office. He invited witness to his house to buy a set of chain harness. He went and saw the chain harness and a couple of bridles, and made a deal.—John Zigmond, general dealer, Caer- philly, also deposed to a purchase from defend- ant of harness which he said he had bought at an auction sale.—Inspector Rees Davies said on the 17th defendant was brought from Caerphilly to Bridgend. The following morning he said he wanted to see witness, and in the charge room, after being cautioned, he stated: "I did not steal them; I received them from two men who called at my house on the Tuesday. I was in drink at the time. I don't know what I gave for them. I can't remember anything. I have since sold them all." He also gave information where the articles might be found, and the pro- perty was discovered at the place indicated.- Isaac Thomas, bailiff to Mr. David Edwards (Laleston) and other witnesses gave evidence of losses sustained; and were followed by P.C. Stockford, who went to Caerphilly, and conduc- ted investigations, upon the successful accom- plishment of which he was highly complimented by the Beiieh.-Defen.(Iant (bursting into tears) now said he would "take the burden upon him- self." It was his first offence; he had a wife and three little daughters dependent, and he asked for leniency. "I cannot say more," he added in a voice broken with sobs.—Inspector Rees Davies: It is his first appearance for steal- ing. He is a farrier by trade.—Defendant (pointing to the witnesses against him) said, "These gentlemen know me at Caerphilly. Two of the witnesses testified to his respect- ability, and said they were surprised to see such charges formulated against him.-Defendant: But for the drink I would not be in my present position.—The Bench passed sentence of one month in respect of each of the three charges- three months in all.

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