Newspapers and journals: Theft of Gold Ring, 1903
Annie Gumbleton stated prisoner gave her the ring about five or six months ago at Bournemouth. PC Bishop stated that from information received he went to the Priory, Shaftesbury, where the last witness was engaged, and she handed him the ring in question. He arrested prisoner subsequently on a warrant at Donhead St Andrew and charged him with the theft.
On cautioning the prisoner he made no reply, but on the way to Shaftesbury he said “This is a foolish job. I took the ring the day we removed the furniture, and when I was down to Bourne I gave it to the girl.” Prisoner pleaded guilty stating that he picked up the ring after they had loaded the furniture. The magistrates treated the case under the First Offender’s Act and bound prisoner over in the sum of £10 to be of good behaviour for six months.
10 Apr 1903
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