Douglas Roper, of 21 Ash Road, Stratford, whose real name was stated by the Head Constable to be Douglas Philip Roper Nunn, formerly Rector of Hessett, Suffolk, was charged before the St Albans City Justices on Thursday with stealing 3 shillings from an offertory box at St Saviours Church, St Albans.
The evidence was that the verger, whilst working in the church, heard a noise at the west end and, proceeding there, saw the accused tampering with the offertory box. Upon seeing the verger, the man left the church by the west door, and the verger, then passing out by another door, called upon soldiers nearby to stop him as he was in the act of cycling away from the church. This they did, and he was brought back and searched. Upon him was found a quantity of cash and a screwdriver which, the police allege, corresponds with the marks made upon the offertory box in wrenching it open.
The Bench committed the accused for trial at the Assizes.