Woman accused of theft says ‘ I’m very sorry ‘
Hertfordshire Mercury, 22nd June 1951
Alice Emily Chapman (47) , nursery hand, of 31 Clements Street , Ware. was fined £1 at Cheshunt Magistrates Court on Wednesday , when she was accused of stealing two cucumbers and two pounds six ounces of tomatoes , value 4s 4d, the property of John Jacobson , of Broxbourne.
Inspector T. Winser said that on June 13 Det-Constable Foxon , at Prospect Farm Nurseries , High Road , Broxbourne , saw defendant leave with another person. He spoke to her and she replied, ” I have got some cucumbers and tomatoes.” Asked if she had permission to take them she said ” Oh,no” , alleged Inspector Winser.
Chapman told the court : ” I am very sorry this has happened. I have worked in nurseries for 27 years and never been in trouble for taking a tomato or cucumber in my life.”
At the same court, Dorothy Adelaide Cream (46), nursery hand, of 31 Vicarage Road, Ware , was fined £1 for stealing one pound 13 ounces of tomatoes , value 3s 9d, the property of John Jacobson , of Prospect Farm Nursery.
Inspector Winser said that Cream was stopped by Det. Foxon outside the nursery and she admitted she had got some tomatoes.