Stealing doesn't pay
Hertfordshire Mercury, 30 November 1918
A good-looking girl named Ethel Brown (21), of Hertford, was charged at Tottenham on Thursday with stealing a quantity of jewellery and wearing apparel amounting to nearly £30 from various ladies at whose homes she had been staying. She told the court that she had stolen the goods to get money to keep her ‘while in trouble’.
Det Willey said he doubted whether there was any truth in the story she told them, but she had been absolutely callous and had robbed the very people who had befriended her. He proved a number of previous convictions.
She was sentenced to 6 months’ imprisonment.