SERIOUS CHARGE AGAINST A JEWELLER
Mark Whitehead, aged 45, a watchmaker and jeweller in an extensive way of business at Chichester, was charge on a warrant on Tuesday, at the Clerkenwell police-court, London, with having feloniously received of one Harvey Dixon, well knowing them to have been stolen, two gold bracelets, two silver bracelets, one diamond brooch, two gold earrings, and divers other articles of jewellery, of the value together of £90, property of a London jeweller, from whom they had been stolen. A detective inspector stated that there were four boys in custody for stealing the above and other jewellery. The prisoner had only paid £10 for jewellery, which at the wholesale price was worth over £50. The head-constable of Chichester said that on Friday last he went to the prisoner's shop and said he wanted some bracelets and rings he had bought. The prisoner handed him the two gold bracelets produced and said the rings were broken up and useless, and that he had sent them with other old stuff to a firm in London. He further said, "I should not have bought the jewellery of the young man, but he represented that he and his brother had been in the trade, had been unfortunate, and wanted money to travel with. I did not believe them at first. I told them to go away, but they got over me, and my wife persuaded me to purchase it."—The prisoner was remanded, and bail was refused.
Source: The South Wales Echo - 31st December 1881