Theft of desks

Hertfordshire Mercury, 24th July 1915


At Ware Petty Sessions, Albert Page (15), of 18 Bowing Road, Ware, and Frederick W. Shambrook (16), of 13 Priory Street, Ware, were summoned for stealing two desks, the property of Edward Samuel Harvey.  P.S. Firth said that at 10 a.m. on July 7, he received information that two desks had been stolen, and he saw Albert Page, and on examining his fowl-house he saw the long piece of wood (produced) on the top.  He asked Page how he came by it, and he made a statement incriminating Shambrook, who worked at Harvey’s Stores.  The witness saw the other defendant, and in the fowl-house found the wood produced.

Shambrook said he left Harvey’s Stores on July 3.  He admitted breaking up one of the old school desks which were in the loft over the stable, and dividing it with Page.  Some of the iron was in the yard, and the remainder they sold for fourpence, and shared the money.  Albert Victor Heinemann, shop assistant to Mr Harvey, said the two desks were in the loft previous to July 2, but they were missing on that day.  There was some of the iron work left in a corner of the loft.  The desks were valued at £5 by Mr Harvey.

Both boys elected to be dealt with summarily and pleaded guilty.  The Bench placed them under the Probation Officer for twelve months, and they were ordered to pay 5 shillings each towards the costs.

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