6th May 1889
Reference Numbert18890506-476
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > penal servitude; Imprisonment > penal servitude

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476. ARTHUR THEVIOT (25), JOHN PEGG (21), and WILLIAM BOOTY (19) , Feloniously breaking and entering the warehouse of Benjamin Fuller, and stealing a dark lantern, two umbrellas, and other goods Second Count, for receiving the same.

MR. GREENFIELD Prosecuted.

DAVID HENRY CORSBY . I am a cutter, and am caretaker of a warehouse of Mr. Benjamin Fuller, trading as Fuller and Company, Charing Cross Road, wholesale stationer—I live at 54, Sandringham Buildings, not at the warehouse—on 26th April, at twenty minutes past 9, I left the premises safely closed; on returning about 10 minutes to 8 next morning I was unable to open the door; I had to send for a blacksmith, who open a it, and we found it had been bolted inside—directly I went into the counting-house I found it in a very confused state—I found an entry had been gained from the skylight, the cord attached to one of the fanlights was broken and a piece of it was lying inside—it was shut and fastened the night before—the desks in the counting-house were opened, and the contents strewed about in all directions—others had been broken open and the locks tampered with—I missed two coats, two umbrellas, a lantern, a piece of steel used in one of the machines, and a guernsey, which I afterwards saw taken from Theviot—these (produced) are the things, except the two coats, which have not been found.

WILLIAM WYERS (Policeman C 294) Just before 3 o'clock on the morning of the 27th I arrested the three prisoners on another charge—I found on Theviot this brown-handled umbrella, this dark lantern in his left hand coat pocket, and this piece of steel in his waistcoat pocket—Peg was carrying this black silk umbrella in his hand—on Booty I found this cardigan jacket or guernsey—all these articles have been identified by the last witness.

EDWARD BURDON (Detective Serjeant C) I examined the warehouse on the morning of the 29th—I went to the upper part of the house, and found that the cord of the skylight had been forcibly broken and the window dropped; no glass was broken—there is a piece of waste land at the back of the warehouse—a scaffold pole had been placed up in the corner leading to the leads or flat; a person could climb up by that pole, and so get to the skylight, and they could get down into the warehouse by a sort of ladder formed by shelves about 18 inches apart—there were boot and finger marks on those shelves—I completely examined the inside of the warehouse, and found altogether five doors and drawers forced—I compared this chisel with the marks on the drawer and letter-box, and they exactly corresponded; it is an ordinary iron chisel, and was found in an area in Piccadilly by the witness Wyers, who gave it to me.

WILLIAM WYEBS (recalled) I found this chisel in an area in Piccadilly at 4 in the morning of the 27th, when I arrested the prisoners there ROBERT BERRIE (Police Inspector C) The prisoners were charged with this offence on the 2nd and 3rd May—Peg said, "It is a b——put up job"—the others said nothing.

The Prisoners, in their defence, denied all knowledge of the charge, and stated that they met two men who sold them the umbrellas, the lamp and the guernsey.

GUILTY . They then each

PLEADED GUILTY to previous convictions As to Theviot, six convictions were proved against him, and Constable Wyers stated that the prisoners were companions and associates of thieves, that nine burglaries had recently occurred in that division, and since their apprehension none had taken place. THEVIOT— Six Years' Penal Servitude. PEGG and BOOTY— Five Years' Penal Servitude The Court awarded a sum of £2 to Wyers for the ability he displayed in watching and apprehending the prisoners on another charge, which was not proceeded with.

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