Offence: Theft > theft from a specified place
Verdict: Guilty > lesser offence; Not Guilty > unknown
Punishment: Imprisonment > hard labour
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MARROTT, Arthur (27, clockmaker), and BEAUCHAMP, William (65, dealer) ; both breaking and entering the warehouse of Charles Maas and stealing therein 10 pipes and other articles, his goods; Beauchamp, feloniously receiving 10 pipes and other articles, well knowing them to have been stolen; Marrott, feloniously receiving one cigarette case, one tube, and one pipe, well knowing them to have been stolen.
Mr. Cohen prosecuted.
HARRY G. BURTON , manager to Charles Maas and Co., 13, Jewin Crescent, pipe manufacturers. On October 12, about 10 past seven p.m., I locked up the premises. Everything was quite safe. About 11 p.m. I returned to the warehouse, having received a message from the police. I found the padlock bar had been wrenched off our door. The police were guarding it. I went to the warehouse with the inspector and found the utmost confusion, boxes strewn about. I missed property to the value of about £200, mostly calabash pipes. The pipes produced are our property.
Detective-sergeant THOMAS HOWARD, N Division. On October 15, at 10.45 a.m., I was with Detective-sergeant Davis at the corner of
Chestnut Road and High Road, Tottenham, and saw prisoner Beauchamp. He lives at 31, Chestnut Road. He had that bag with him; it was full and bulky. I told him I was a police officer and said, "What have you in the bag?" He said, "Stuff for the market. "I said I should like to see it. He said, "All right. "We went into the police station at Tottenham. I there opened the bag. Amongst other articles I found three calabash pipes in cases and 16 cigarette tubes in cases. I searched Beauchamp and found on him the cheque book produced on the London and Westminster Bank, and this little vesta-box. They belong to Maas, Limited.
H. G.BURTON, recalled. The cheque book belonged to the firm. The vesta-box was in the private desk of one of the firm and was a present from a relative. The lock had been forced.
Detective-inspector ERNEST HAIGH, N Division. About half-past nine a.m. on October 15 I went to Beauchamp's house, 36, Chestnut Road, Tottenham. I found a large quantity of pipes, cigar and cigarette tubes, broken silver, amber mouthpieces, this overcoat, a brass rule, and eight skeleton keys, some of which would open half the doors in a parish. Early next morning I went to Marrott's, 117, Tottenham Road, Dalston. I was there about 20 minutes before Marrott came in. I admitted him. I told him I was an inspector of police and that I was making inquiries about certain pipes, cigarette tubes, etc. ', stolen by warehouse breaking on the 12th. I said, "I believe the material was brought here on Tuesday by a man named Beauchamp, whom you know, and who is in custody, and I want to know all about him." He said, "I know nothing about any pipes or other things whatever; I have never seen them. "I said I was not satisfied with his explanation and took him to Tottenham Police Station. He told me he knew Beauchamp. I took a statement from Beauchamp before I went to Marrott's. I wanted to know how the stuff came into his possession. He said, "I bought a lot from a dealer in Petticoat Lane. He keeps no stand that I know of. I don't know his name. He asked £6 10s., but I gave him £5 10s. I have bought odds and ends of him before. He told me it was a lot bought under the hammer. "Later I had him taken to Moor Lane, where he was charged. In answer to the charge he said, "They can charge me with what they like. I bought them yesterday afternoon. I know nothing of breaking and entering. "I said to Marrott, "I understand these things have been found in your possession and I must ask you to account for how you got them, as they are part of the proceeds of a warehouse breaking." He said, "I shall reserve my" statement."
Cross-examined by Beauchamp. I found the overcoat in your room. You told me about it. Howard had possession of the chequebook when I got to Tottenham. You may have given it to him with the vesta-box.
Cross-examined by Marrott. I searched your place before you arrived. I saw your wife and explained to her. She said you would be in in a few minutes and I waited. I went through the cupboards in the room and found nothing. You did not say, "I know nothing
about the pipes being stolen. "You and your wife denied all knowledge of the thing.
Detective-sergeant H. DAVIES, N Division. On October 16, at 1.30 a.m., I searched Marrott's house. I found in his pockets six new cigarette cases, part of the property stolen from Jewin Street. I was with Mr. Haigh.
Cross-examined by Marrott. You had no opportunity to dispose of the things if you had been so inclined when you came off the tram. One officer was in front and one at the back wherever you went.
Marrott. The things were found when I was searched at Tottenham Police Station. I produced the coat at the Guildhall.
WILLIAM BEAUCHAMP (prisoner, on oath). I am a general dealer, On Tuesday afternoon, about 2.30, I was in Whitechapel Road. I there met the man I bought the goods of. He is a casual acquaintance I sometimes meet in Caledonian Market, a dealer like myself. He told me he had a line of goods that might suit me; if I would like to see them at night time he would bring them down to the "Bell" in Petticoat Lane, between 8.30 and nine, as he was then going to clear the goods from the saleroom. He did not say what sale. I left him and went home and waited outside Earlsmead School, Broad Lane, Tottenham, for my boy. I told him to go to the Palace at night as I should not be home till 10 or 10.30. The Palace is a cinematograph affair. I then went back through Mile End looking on what they call the waste to see if I could find any goods to buy for myself, and passed the time away till about eight, when I went to the "Bell. "I stood outside there till about 8.50, when the party came up. He told me he had got some pipes and cigarette tubes and asked me if I would buy them for £6 10s., and I gave £5 10s. for them. I then went to Marrott's place with them in my black bag. I told Marrott I had bought a line of goods. He said, "Could I look over them?" I. said, "Certainly. "That would be very near 10 o'clock. I asked him if he would go to the Tottenham Palace of Varieties, not the Picture Palace, and if he would meet my little boy and if I could stop there the night. He agreed. He was to bring the boy to Tottenham Road, Dalston. When he came back with the boy we were having some supper, which I gave Mrs. Marrott money to buy. I left next afternoon with my boy to go home. This coat was part of the things I bought. I did not notice anything in the pockets till the next night, when I found this cheque book and vestabox.
Cross-examined. The signature on the statement made by me is mine. There is a mistake in the statement. I did not give any time when I bought the goods. I bought them on the Tuesday night. The man I bought them from made an appointment with me to buy pipes and smoking goods. Nothing was said about an overcoat then. The overcoat was a prize. It was not referred to in any way at the interview at the "Bell." I went to Marrott's place because my place
at home is very uncomfortable, on account of the landlady. I could walk from Marrott's to my place in, say, 35 minutes. I was with â party in Petticoat Lane 20 minutes to half an hour. We had one drink. I went to Marrott's to look over the stuff again. I was not aware I left any at Marrott's. When I was stopped by the police with this bag I was going to Caledonian Market, where I've been in the habit of going some time past. Fridays is open market. I meet this man as a rule on Friday in Caledonian Market or Petticoat Lane. Had I been outside I could have got him here, but I have been kept in prison. He is a Russian Jew, commonly called "Ginger"; he has ginger complexion and red hair. Dozens of people in Petticoat Lane and the Cattle Market answer the same description. Now and then in the summer time he has a stall in Caledonian Market, but I've never known him to have a stall in the street.
ARTHUR MARROTT (prisoner, on oath). About seven o'clock on the Friday evening following the Tuesday when the burglary was supposed to have taken place I left home to go to my mother's house, about a quarter of an hour's walk away. I have been in the habit the last 12 months of going there every Tuesday night to fetch a parcel of washing, which my wife does for my mother, and taking it home every Friday. And on that particular Friday I had left home just after seven with a parcel of washing to take to my mother's, and stayed there about an hour. I came away and arrived home about 8.30. That is on the particular Tuesday when the burglary was supposed to have been committed. I've got witnesses to show that. On the Friday evening after I got home me and the wife sat down for about an hour, and were just thinking about going to bed—on the Tuesday I should say. Beauchamp knocked at the door, it may have been half past nine or a little later. He is in the habit of calling there now and again. As a matter of fact, he has half my stall on the Kingsland waste. I am a musical instrument and clock maker. I stand out there on a Saturday, and he called and asked me if he could have the stall, as usual, for Saturday. If he is not there by a certain time I sometimes let it to somebody else. He asked me if I would mind him running his stuff over, as it was a job line. It is nothing unusual to him; he has diamonds and all sorts of stuff entrusted to him. The truth of it was, he said, "I will pay for a bit of supper." He said, "Would you mind me stopping at your place all night, as it is getting late? He gave me a couple of shillings and asked me if I would mind running down to Tottenham Palace, as he had arranged to meet his boy there. I brought the boy home, and Beauchamp had the stuff on the table, pricing them for the Friday's market. At the side of the table in our kitchen there is a little green box in the corner. Some of the articles were spread out on the box. Between the box and the wall was a rail, about an inch wide, which keeps the top of the box from the wall. In spreading the stuff out these three articles fell down behind that box. When the wife was cleaning out the room next day she found this broken pipe. I put the articles in my pocket and kept them till the Friday, and went to Caledonian Cattle Market as I know Beauchamp takes a stand there. I intended
taking them to Beauchamp. I spoke to the man at the stall. He said Beauchamp had not arrived. I still had them in my possession when I was arrested. I did not know Beauchamp had left them.
Cross-examined. I have known Beauchamp about nine months. I see him about twice a week. He is not a partner. I pay for the hire of the stall and can let part of my stall if I please. Beauchamp would come to my place in the morning, afternoon, or evening sometimes. He has never stopped all night before. He always carries a bag. He has often asked me if he could get the things out. When he set the stuff out I may have said, "You have got a good lot" or "a good haul." He did not call my attention to it any more than saying he had bought a job line. I don't think he said anything about the overcoat. I cannot say I saw it. Having the boy to meet, if he wanted to stop to look the things over he could not fetch the boy. He did not go home that night as he said it would be nearer for him in the morning. He is in the habit of going to Hatton Garden. He thought the boy could stay with me, as Beauchamp has no wife. I think I was in the other room when my wife found the three articles. She called and gave me them there and then. That was on the Wednesday.
ANNIE MARROTT . My husband left home on the Tuesday at 7.15 p.m., to fetch the washing from his mother's and got home again about half-past eight. He did not go out again. About 9.30 Beauchamp called. He said he had bought some things and would like to look them over with my husband. The little boy was fetched as it was getting so late. We had supper together. Then went to bed. The stuff was taken away next day. I am positive it was Tuesday. I found the three articles on the floor next day and gave them to my husband to return to Beauchamp. I did not see anything more of them after that. They were behind the box at the side of the table. I suppose they slipped down from the table the stuff was on.
Cross-examined. I could not say how long my husband has known Beauchamp. I have not known him very long. He has been to our house occasionally, but never on business. Perhaps he would come twice a week, sometimes not at all. He may have come later sometimes than on this Tuesday, perhaps about 10 o'clock. He never stayed any other time. I remember the officers coming to arrest my husband. I let them in. They asked me where the stolen property was. I said I knew nothing about them. I do not think Beauchamp's name was mentioned before my husband came in. They told me Beauchamp had been there on Tuesday night and that he was in custody for stealing these things. I did not tell them that Beauchamp had brought a lot of pipes on the Tuesday. He had never brought such a lot of pipes before. It did not occur to me to tell them that Beauchamp had been.
Mrs. MARROTT. On the Tuesday my son called at my place for my washing between seven and eight p.m., and left at eight. He lives about half a mile away. I heard of his arrest late on Friday, before he was charged, I think. He did not tell me Beauchamp had called.
Verdict, Beauchamp, Guilty of receiving stolen goods, knowing them to have been stolen; Marrott, Not guilty.
Beauchamp confessed to a conviction at the Guildhall on March 8, 1906.
Sentence, 12 months' hard labour.