23rd April 1888
Reference Numbert18880423-468
VerdictsGuilty > pleaded guilty; Guilty > unknown
SentencesImprisonment > hard labour; Imprisonment > penal servitude

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468. ARTHUR HAZLETON (21) , Stealing a ring and other articles the property of Ferdinand Chamberlain , and >MARY ANN JONES (38), feloniously receiving the same, to which


MESSRS. MEAD and BODKIN Prosecuted; MR. FRITH Defended.

BLANCHE CHAMBERLAIN . I was staying at 150, Cromwell Road, in February, with my sister Ferdinand; we occupied together a room on the third-floor, and on February 27th there was a large quantity of jewellery there belonging to us—about 9 a.m. on that day I went to our bedroom and missed some jewellery; a constable was sent for, and I missed a silver-gilt Norwegian ring, a gold ring, a cat's-eye, some earrings, a Norwegian brooch, a gold watch, and other articles, value about 150l., some of which were my sister's and some mine—I also missed these articles (produced), a scent-bottle, a brooch, a double pair of gold earrings, and a garnet ring.

LUCY SUSAN ROBSON . I am the wife of James Emmett Bobson, and have a private boarding-house at 150, Cromwell Road—on 25th February about 6 p.m., the prisoner Hazleton took No. 4 room—he brought a black bag and gave his card, "Mr. F. E. Hastings, Burleigh Grange, Kent," with a reference at the back, a solicitor's name; the room he had was next to Captain Chamberlain's; he slept there on February 25th and 26th, Monday, when he said his friends would be angry if he did not go to them, and he paid his bill and left with his bag—Miss Blanche Chamberlain then went upstairs, and came down and complained to me—I sent for a policeman and went to her bedroom, and found the empty jewel-cases.

FREDERICK CHURCH (Police Sergeant B). On 2nd March I received information, and at 11 p.m. I went to Kensington Gardens Station and saw Hazleton; he walked from the station to 18, Cromwell Place, and after stopping opposite the house he moved off and stopped outside a public-house—I took him into custody for a robbery at 1, Montpellier Square—I took him to 18, Cromwell Place; we had a struggle on the door-step; he threw me on the ground and got away—I cried "Police!" and Police Sergeant Kenna came from No. 18 and followed him.

JAMES PRIOR . I am a cabman—on 2nd March at 11.30 I was on the rank in Carlisle Square—Hazleton came to me without his hat; I drove him, and he got out in North Street, Edgware Road—he walked down North Street and I lost sight of him.

JAMES COOPER . I am a labourer, of 96, Salisbury-Street, Edgware Road, which runs out of North Street—the prisoner Jones has lived two or three years in the parlours of that house as Mrs. Clarke; she has a mangle—I saw Hazleton there five or six weeks before Christmas and since Christmas; he helped Mrs. Clarke in mangling—he was not dressed as a labourer as he is now, but as a gentleman.

Cross-examined. Mrs. Clarke appeared a poor, hard-working woman—she never told me who Hazleton was—I don't remember her saying that he was a gentleman with means, who had been kind to her.

JOSEPH KENNA (Police Sergeant V). On 2nd March, at 11.10 p.m., I was with Sergeant Church, inside 18, Cromwell Place—I heard a cry of "Police," came out and spoke to Church, and saw Hazleton running—he had dust on his back, as if he had been on the ground—I went back to 18, Cromwell Place, and searched some rooms which Miss Denning

showed me—on March 5th I went to the Metropolitan Music Hall, and saw the two prisoners sitting together in the stalls in conversation—the piece being played was "The Hotel Thief"—I sat there an hour watching them—I then took Hazleton in custody, and Sergeant Record took Jones—Hazleton tried to escape—Jones refused to give her address at the station—I went next day with Sergeant Bonner to 92, Salisbury Street, and found in the parlours five brooches, a buckle, a pair of earrings, and a garnet earring, which Miss Chamberlain has identified, a silver watch, and a pearl brooch, identified by Miss Rebbick, an electroplated jug, and a brooch, identified by Miss Denning, a sealskin tippet, identified by Mrs. Oswin, and a horseshoe brooch, identified by Mrs. Catmul—I also found a large number of articles of jewellery which have not been identified, and these two letters (produced) in a chest of drawers.

WILLIAM RECORD (Police Sergeant D). At 8 p.m. on 5th March, I was at the Metropolitan Music Hall, and saw the two prisoners together in the stalls—about 10 o'clock Sergeant Cluny spoke to Hazleton and I spoke to Jones—I said "Will you kindly, Madam, come outside; I am a police officer, and I wish to speak to you respecting the man who has I just been taken out by Detective Kenna"—she said "I know nothing about him"—she was sitting on a man's overcoat and gloves, and I said "Do these belong to him?" and she said "Yes"—with a little persuasion I got her outside, and she said "I don't know what you want me for"—I said "You will have to come to the station, as I saw you in conversation with that man"—we followed Kenna and Hazleton, and I saw a struggle between them—crossing Paddington Green, Hazleton's hat came off, and I stooped down to pick it up, and Jones darted away round the green—I heard something fall on the pavement, and picked up this Norwegian brooch, and caught her, and said "This is what you have been wearing"—she said "No"—we took both prisoners to the station, where I told the inspector about the brooch, and Jones said "That is all I had off him"—she declined several times to give her name and address—she pulled off another brooch at the station from inside her jacket and gave it to Inspector Smith—that was not identified—next morning she gave her name, Mary Ann Jones, but she has never given any address.

Cross-examined. She said at Bolton Street Station that she lived in the Old Kent-Road, either St. George's or St. Thomas's Road, but she would not give any number, and I did not go there

EDWARD BORUN (Police Inspector B). The prisoners were taken in custody by my direction at the Metropolitan Music Hall—Sergeant Record handed me this brooch at the station, and said that Jones threw it away—she said "I did not throw it away; I met the young man in the Edgware Road; I had been to Kilburn to see some friends; he asked me to go to the music hall, and on the way he gave me the brooch to fasten my jacket;. that is all I know about him"—at Bolton Street Police-station the female searcher searched Jones and gave me this gold watch and a jet chain which is not identified—the watch is Miss Chamberlain's—Jones said "It is my own watch"—I took from her at the police-court a muff-bag and a mantle identified by Mrs. Catmul, and a polonaise or skirt identified by Mrs. Oswin, who saw her wearing it there.

BLANCHE CHAMBERLAIN (Re-examined). I bought this brooch in Norway.

JANS CUTMUL . I am the wife of Joseph Cutmul—we keep the Upton Hotel. Bexley Heath—on 30th November Hazleton stopped there and brought a black bag—he occupied a room adjoining mine, and left next morning about 9.15 o'clock without breakfast—I went to my room about 11.30 o'clock, and missed this mantle and a muff-bag (produced), and from other rooms property amounting to 30l.—on 21st March the inspector showed me the mantle at the police-court.

JESSIE OSWIN . I am the wife of Arthur Oswin—we keep a private hotel, at 35, Strand—Hazleton stopped there on January 16th, and had No. 9 room, which is near No. 14, where there was a seal-skin tippet and a polonaise of mine, value 50s.—he brought a black bag with him, and left next morning without breakfast—the prisoner Jones was wearing the polonaise and skirt at the police-court—these are they (produced).

LOUISA REBBECK . On 20th January I was a servant at the Albion Coffee-house, Blackfriars Road—Hazleton slept there that night, and brought a black bag with him—he left at 8.30 o'clock next morning, without breakfast, with his bag—my bedroom was opposite his—I went there that evening at 7 o'clock and missed a silver watch, a pearl brooch, and other articles of jewellery, value 10l., and 7s. in silver, which were safe when I left my room at 5.30 a.m.—this is my watch (produced)—my name was scratched on it; it has been scratched out and, "Pink, 1887," has been put in.

EMMA DENNING . I keep a private boarding-house, at 78, Grosvenor I Street—on 9th February Hazleton came with a black bag and engaged a bedroom on the third floor—just before that Miss Edith Sodden had been married from the house; her wedding presents were there, and her luggage was in my charge—among the presents was an electro-plated jug, and two gold brooches; they were in a wardrobe in the room next to that which Hazleton had—he left with his bag the middle of the next day, and I missed two brooches, a cream jug, my gold watch, some spoons, and other articles, value 6l.

HENRY PHILLIPS (Police Sergeant R). In April, 1880, I went to Mrs. Clark's, Richmond Street, Edgeware-Road, and saw a woman who I have a strong belief was Jones—I went there as the prisoner Hazleton was then in custody on remand as Albert Leslie Barton—I said "What do you know about the man who is in custody as Holmes Granger?"—she said "I only know him by doing some washing for him.

RICHARD HUMPHREYS . I am a warder at Pentonville prison—I was present on 26th May, 1886, at Lewes, when Hazleton was convicted as Albert Leslie Barton, and sentenced toeighteen months' hard labour, after a previous conviction in 1884, at Middlesex Sessions, for hotel robberies or lodging houses—I was present at that conviction—his first conviction in 1884 was in the name of Holmes Granger—these two letters are written on paper issued from Clerkenwell Prison—it is a rule to initial prisoners' letters before they are sent away,' and these are initialed W. K., which is "William Keeley, the warder. (The first letter was to Mr. Morton, dated Afrit 13, 1886, requesting him to forward from, Mrs. Spinks, 92, Salisbury Street, Maida Vale, some clean linen, as he had to appear at Woolwich Police Court on Saturday. Signed A. L. Barton.)

Witness for the Defence.

ARTHUR HAZLETON (the Prisoner). I have pleaded

GUILTY to this indictment—I gave this property to Jones, it was useless to me; it was of trifling value, and the watch was broken when I gave it to her—I have known her a few years; she was under the impression that I was a clerk—she has a crippled daughter—she never knew that I was concerned in these robberies—I told her my father was dead and that I had a mother—she is a poor, hard-working woman, and I have helped her with money.

Cross-examined by MR. MEAD. My name is not Hazleton; I decline to say whether it is Granger or Barton—I have known Jones three years, probably more—I was convicted at Middlesex Sessions of stealing property from hotels, I pleaded

GUILTY and had 18 months—I knew Jones then as Clark—I met her under the name of Merton; I also knew her as Spinks—I don't think she wrote to me when I was in prison in 1884—this is my letter to her; I did not see her in Court when I pleaded

GUILTY in 1884—I saw her when I came out before I was convicted at Lewes in 1886; I sent her my linen as I did before.

JONES— GUILTY Eighteen Months' Hard Labour.

HAZLETON then PLEADED GUILTY to a conviction at Lewes in May, 1886, in the name of Arthur Leslie Barton— Ten Years' Penal Servitude.

The RECOEDER commended the conduct of the police.

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