Theft from a market stall

Hertfordshire Mercury, 19th June 1915


At Hertford Borough Sessions, James Smith, of no fixed abode, was charged with stealing a suit of clothes valued at 18s. 6d., the property of Medicar Carlis, of St George Street, London, at Hertford, on June 12.

The prosecutor said he kept three stalls in Hertford Market, where he sold haberdashery, clothing, etc.  On June 12 his attention was called to some clothing being missed from the rack.  He informed the police and later saw the clothing at the Police Station.  P.C. Bushnell said that on the day in question he went to the White Lion, and saw the defendant standing in the bar with a bundle of clothes tied in newspaper, which was open at the ends.  He told the defendant he was making inquiries about some clothes and wanted to see in the parcel.  He unfastened it and told the defendant the suit resembled the one he was looking for.

The defendant accompanied the witness to the police station, where the prosecutor identified the suit.  The defendant elected to be dealt with summarily and pleaded guilty.  He expressed sorrow, and said he was under the influence of drink at the time.

He was sentenced to 21 days’ hard labour.

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