A middle-aged man, giving the name of Henry Sands, gave himself up to the Ware police on Saturday, stating that he had committed a burglary and stolen a quantity of tobacco and two pairs of scissors from a shop between Woodford and Epping Forest.
He was locked up and brought before Capt R. P. Croft on Thursday morning, when Supt Duke stated he had made enquiries all over the Metropolitan Police District, but could find no trace of a burglary having been committed, and under the circumstances he could only ask for the prisoner to be discharged. At the same time, as on his own admission the prisoner had stolen the tobacco and scissors, he would ask permission to retain possession of those articles in case they were claimed by the real owner.
In answer to Capt Croft, he said there was half a pound of tobacco. Capt Croft said he would order the stolen goods to be detained, but the prisoner would be discharged. Supt Duke said the prisoner still adhered to his statement, and he advised him to go straight to the place where he stole the things, and give himself up to the nearest policeman.
Prisoner was then discharged.