Variety Works, Frederick Street, Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM JEWELLER ROBBED
A daring jewellery robbery was perpetrated in Manchester on Monday. Mr. A. J. Smith, of Variety Works, Frederick-street, Birmingham, while calling on a customer about half-past five in the afternoon, left the porter with his samples on a truck outside the shop, and while the man's attention was momentarily diverted, both the truck and the stock, which consisted of brooches, earrings, pins, studs, and other articles of jewellery, disappeared. Although an immediate search was instituted, no trace of the property could be found, and so far the police have been unable to discover any clue which may lead to the arrest of the thief or thieves. Yesterday morning two of the bags which had contained the jewellery were found on the railway near Manchester, but they were empty. It is supposed that the robbery had been carefully planned before-hand, and that Mr. Smith was seen engaged in the shop before any attempt was made to divert the attention of the porter.
Source: Evening Express and Evening Mail - 11th March 1903
Arthur Johnson Smith entered his marks, 'AJS', 'A.J.S', and 'A·J·S', with the Birmingham and Chester assay offices.