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Theft of a watch from a customer

Source: Welshman 02/04/1869       Date: 1869
Copyright:       Type: Newspaper

Anne Lewis, was brought up on remand, charged with stealing a watch and chain, of the value of £15 from the person of Margaret Reynolds, who said On Saturday evening last, I went to the Sailors' Home' public house, between five and six o'clock. I had my watch and chain on then (watch and chain prooduced by P.S Evans, and identified by witness). Defendant followed me into the house and kissed me, and embraced me, although I had never met her before. In a quarter of an hour afterwards I missed my watch. (To the Mayor I allowed her to act in that affectionate way, because she took me by surprise).-When I missed my watch I gave information to the police It was then about half-past six o'clock. The only other person near me at the time was the landlady (Mrs Davies). This took place in the parlour. Eliza Davies, said I am the landlady of the Sailors' Home. I remember the complainant coming to my house between five and six o'clock on Saturday. I saw Ann Lewis come in after her, and catch hold of her round the waist and kissed her. There was no one else in the house. While in the house they were in the bar and back parlour. I was with them. They were sober at the time but I knew that the prisoner had had a drop. Complainant paid for some whiskey for the prisoner which she put into a bottle. The only drink she had in the house that day, before was a pennyworth of beer in the morning Complainant had a watch guard on when she came in; but in about twenty minutes after, when I took off her cape it had disappeared. P. S. Evans said: On Saturday evening between seven and eight o'clock, in consequence of information I received I went in search of the prisoner I found her at her own house, and told her what she was accused of doing, she said she knew nothing about it. I took her to the police station, and had her searched. The watch was not on her. I then went back and searched the house, and on a shelf under the stairs amongst some old rubbish I found the watch and chain now produced. The prisoner pleaded guilty, and was committed to Cardigan gaol, with hard labour or two months
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