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<interp inst="t18710109-137-offence-1" type="offenceSubcategory" value="pocketpicking"/>, Stealing two Bank of England notes, for the payment of 1000
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. each, the property of
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<hi rend="italic">Second Count—Receiving.</hi> </rs> </p>
<hi rend="smallCaps">MESSRS. POLAND</hi>
<hi rend="italic">and</hi>
<hi rend="smallCaps">STRAIGHT</hi>
<hi rend="italic">conducted the Prosecution; and</hi>
<hi rend="smallCaps">MR. MONTAGU WILLIAMS</hi>
<hi rend="italic">the Defence.</hi> </p>
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<interp inst="t18710109-name-261" type="given" value="SYDNEY"/>SYDNEY TOMLIN</persName> </hi>. I am a collecting clerk, in the service of Messrs. Bar
<lb/>nett. Hoare & Co., bankers, of Lombard Street—on the morning of Satur
<lb/>day, 5th February last, I went out on my collecting rounds—I received, at Messrs. Coutts' bank 4184
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. 6
<hi rend="italic">s</hi>. 8
<hi rend="italic">d</hi>.—that was partly paid by four notes, of 1000
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. each; two of those notes were numbered 82,305 and 82,306
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>.—when I receive notes I write on them the name of the bank where I receive them; I did so in this case—these (
<hi rend="italic">produced</hi>) are the two notes, and I wrote on them "Coutts', 5th February"—they were perfectly clean and quite new when I received them—besides the 4000
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. odd which I had received from Coutts', I had in my wallett some more notes, amounting to 10,000
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. odd—I went from Coutts' to the Birkbeck Bank, Chancery Lane—I put my cheques on the counter, and called out "Barnett's charges"—I took out my notes and ran quickly through to see that they were right, and then put them in my case—I found them right, and put the amount on a slip of paper—the case was open on the counter at that time, and my hand was on it—some person touched me and said "You have dropped something"—I looked down and saw a piece of paper, like a cheque, at my feet—I stooped down and picked it up—there was nothing on it, and I put it down again—it was blank paper—I got up directly, and I fancied I saw a hand leaving the case—I looked in the case and saw the notes were gone—I called out, and then ran to the door, and looked up and down the street, but I could see no one—the bank is close to some steps, where you go down into Staple's Inn—the number of the notes were obtained from the different banks, and advertisements were published and bills issued, offering rewards to any person who should discover the thief.</p>
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<hi rend="italic">Cross-examined.</hi> I did not see the prisoner in the bank—I think I should have noticed her if I had seen her.</p>
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<interp inst="t18710109-name-262" type="given" value="JOHN"/>JOHN SHORE</persName> </hi> (
<hi rend="italic">Detective Police Inspector.</hi>) On 5th February last I received information about this robbery, and I communicated to the different divi
<lb/>sions of police—on 19th December I saw the prisoner in the Borough Road—Sergeant Moon was with me—the prisoner was going towards her home—she lives at a coffe-shop in the London Road—I have known her for years—I told her my name was Shore, and I was an inspector of detective police, and I said "I have been told that you, some few days ago, bought two notes for 1000
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. each, which had been stolen from a bank in Chancery Lane, some time ago"—she appeared very excited, and said "Good God!"—I told her as I had reason to suppose she had them about her, I should take her to the police-station, where she would be searched—she said "I know I have done wrong; but don't take me there, or I shall get ten years"—she repeated that several times—I said "You will have to go"—she said "If I give you the notes, will you let me go?"—I said "You have not given them to me yet"—she put her hand into her bosom and took out this bag (
<hi rend="italic">produced</hi>)—there were two envelopes in it, and inside the second envelope, folded up, were the two notes for 1000
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. each—I said "Where did you get them from?"—she said "I sha'n't tell you that"—I said "You will have to go to the station"—she said "Oh, dear, I shall never see my dear home in this road any more!"—this was about 12 o'clock at night—I am not sure whether the clock had struck 12 or not—I took her to the police-station—she gave her address No. 1, London Road; that is a coffee-shop—I went there afterwards—the keys of the place were found on the prisoner—they were given to me by the female searcher—they were the keys she used for locking up things, not the door-key—the name of "Seyffert" was over the door, with two initials—I found these two leases there—one is an assignment of the lease of 1, London Road, by William Dean, to Mrs. Sarah Durrant, at a rent of 12
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. 10
<hi rend="italic">s</hi>.—Sergeant Moon brought away some letters—a person of the name of Ellen originally lived there—I believe her name was Seyffert—I knew her by the name of
<hi rend="italic">Fair Nell</hi>, but I know nothing more about her, except what I have been told—Moon found some money in the house, which he brought away—I had received some information—I don't think I ought to say who I received it from.</p>
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<interp inst="t18710109-name-263" type="given" value="RICHARD"/>RICHARD MOON</persName> </hi> (
<hi rend="italic">Detective Officer.</hi>) I was with Inspector Shore on the night of the 19th when he met the prisoner—I heard the conversation that passed between them—she took this little bag out of her bosom—I did not see how it was fastened—she was taken to the station, and gave her address No. 1, London Road—I went there, and found some letters down stairs in the kitchen—one was addressed to the prisoner, in the name of Bramer—that was the name she went by, and one is written on foreign paper—I found 21
<hi rend="italic">l</hi>. 11
<hi rend="italic">s</hi>. in the wardrobe, in the first floor front room—the name of Seyffert was over the door of the coffee-house—it has been painted out since the prisoner has been in custody.</p>
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<hi rend="italic">Police Inspector M.</hi>) On the night of 19th December, I was at the South wark Police Station when the prisoner was brought there—after Shore had left to go to her place, she said to me "What are you going to do with me?"—I said "Put you in a cell as soon as Inspector Shore returns"—she said "Will he be long?"—I said I did not consider that he would—I then said "Mrs. Durrant, you are in a bad position"—she said</p>
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<p>"I am, and it is all through that drunken villain, who sold me because I would not supply her with money to get drink with; she has done this for me; when I found those notes I would have taken them to the police-station, but she prevailed on me to keep them as a provision for her old age"—I said "Who do you mean?"—she said "Mrs. Seyffert"—she said she found the notes on the floor of the coffee-room.</p>
<hi rend="italic">Prisoner's Statement before the Magistrate</hi>: "I have nothing to lay, only I found them on Whitsun Tuesday in my coffee-house, and the money found up stairs is the rent for the two houses in London Road and Waterloo Road.</p>
<hi rend="smallCaps">MR. WILLIAMS</hi>
<hi rend="italic">submitted that the possession was not sufficiently recent to call on the prisoner to account for them, and referred to the case of the</hi>" Queen
<hi rend="italic">against</hi> Charles Adams," vol. iii. page 600,
<hi rend="italic">of</hi> "Carrington and Payne's Reports."
<hi rend="smallCaps">THE COURT</hi>
<hi rend="italic">would not withdraw the case from the Jury, and stated, the case depended entirely upon the value of the things stolen.</hi> </p>
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<hi rend="italic">of receiving—</hi> </rs>
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