Daring burglary confounds police

Hertfordshire Mercury, 9th June 1900


A daring burglary was carried out at Buncefield Poultry Farm, the home of a Mr Withers and his wife and child.  On the day in question, Mr Withers left home in the afternoon on a trip to Watford.  About 9 p.m. two men crept onto the property, smashed a glass door and broke in to the house, extinguishing the light, although Mrs Withers managed to catch sight of one them before it went dark.  Mrs Withers, who was in the sitting room, was tied to a chair but remained calm whilst the men searched the house.  The men stole a diamond brooch and a silver goblet, valued at £10.  The men appeared to be experienced as they managed not to waken a boar hound in the yard and by the manner in which they carried out the burglary.  The police have been investigating the crime but have found no leads.



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