Alleged theft of jewellery - two charged

Hertfordshire Mercury, 19th January 1951


Evidence of finding jewellery in an old stove was given by P.c. I. West at an Occasional Court at Bishop’s Stortford on Monday , when William Hepting , aged 17 , of 31 Station Road , Tottenham, and Johnathan Dalligan , aged 17 , of 40 Portland Road , Tottenham , were accused of breaking and entering the shop of Messrs John Lawrence (Buntingford) Ltd , High Street , Buntingford , between 10.50 p.m. on Saturday and 6.50 Sunday and stealing jewellery valued at £28 8s 8d. The youths were remanded in custody to a Special Court at Buntingford today (Friday).

P.c. West stated that at 7 a.m. on Sunday he saw a hole in the window of the shop . Various articles in the window were disturbed and others were lying on the steps outside . At 9.30 a.m. accompanied by Det-Con J. Shadbolt , he went to Layston Poultry Farm and saw five youths , including the two accused , sleeping in two bunks in an old shed .

Making a search of the hut , P.c. West said , he looked in an old stove and found a silk handkerchief which contained articles of jewellery .

When the bed-clothes were pulled from Hepting and Dalligan it was seen that they had their clothes on .

Questioned , Hepting said, ” We did it ” Pointing to the other three youths Dalligan said ” They know nothing about it .” When the accused youths were charged later , Hepting said ” I will make a statement later. ” Dalligan replied ” I will make a written statement later. “

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