A charge of stealing and receiving

Hertfordshire Mercury, 17th April 1915


At Waltham Abbey Petty Sessions on Tuesday, Lance-Cpl Driver, of the Essex Regiment, Arthur Dye, a carman, of Waltham Cross, and Charles Philpott, the licensee of the Baker’s Arms public-house, Waltham Abbey, were charged with being concerned together with stealing and receiving a quantity of provisions, valued at 15s. 4d., the property of the Secretary of State for War.

Mr Windsor defended Philpott, and Mr Kershaw represented Dye.  Detective Sergt. Bishop said that on Monday morning he kept observation on the Baker’s Arms, Waltham Abbey, and saw Dye drive up in a box van belonging to Mr O. S. Clark.  He alighted from the van and carried a box containing something into the public house, and in about two minutes he returned with the box apparently empty.  He was about to drive away, when the witness went up to him and said ‘What have you delivered here?’  He replied: ‘Nothing’.  He took Dye into the house, and on the table saw a quantity of flour, tea, bacon, bread, and butter.

Philpott when questioned said he knew nothing about it, and Dye said he delivered the goods to the house at the request of Driver, who was a storekeeper at the R.G.O.F.  The witness subsequently arrested the three men, who made no reply when charged.

On this evidence the case was remanded for a week, Philpott and Dye being granted bail.

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