Theft charges against girl - (excerpts)

Hertfordshire Mercury, 30th January 1931

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Doris Wicks (21) lodging at Wheathampstead,  was charged with stealing a jumper valued 12s. 11d. from Doris Bough , in November last . She pleaded guilty . Doris Bough , Stevenage Road , Knebworth , employed by Welwyn Stores , Ltd. , in the hairdressing department , said that about the middle of November she lost a silk and woollen jumper ( produced ) …….Later she saw it on the defendant , who was behind the counter at the Stores. P.c. Barber said that on January 19 he went to the Stores in company with P.c. Butcher . He saw the prisoner , who said ‘ I bought the jumper at Gamages before last Christmas , and I gave 5s. 11d. for it ‘ She took off the jumper and handed it over . The prosecutor identified the jumper as her property ………Defendant was also charged with  stealing a hairbrush and cut-glass powder bowl from the Stores . Gwendolyn Phyllis Hyde , 55 Stonecross Road , Hatfield , stated that she was employed as a dressmaker at the Stores .

On December 24 , she found a parcel in the Stores with the words ” With love from Doris ” written on it .  The hair brush and bowl were in the parcel . She was told Miss Wicks had given her them ……A third charge was made against the defendant , that on January 19 she altered an account, then in possession of the Stores , with intent to defraud ……. It was stated that the girl’s parents were in poor circumstances , living in Croydon. The father , an ex-jockey , had told the Probation Officer  that his daughter had always been perfectly honest , and that she had probably taken the brush and bowl  in order to be like other people , and give presents ……. She stated she was living with an aunt , and when asked if she would like to get another situation , she said she was quite happy.

The Chairman said that defendant would be placed on probation for two years , and would be sent back to her parents .

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