Belfast and Manchester
ACTRESS'S LOST JEWELS
Charges Against Manchester Men
At the City Police-court, Manchester, yesterday, Harry Black, a barman, described as of Gardner-street, West Gorton, was charged on remand with housebreaking, and Siegmund Kindler, who carries an business as a jeweller in Oxford-street, was charged with receiving stolen property.
On the 22nd ult. a house in Upper Brook-street, occupied by a Mrs. Caroline Garrett, an actress appearing in the Theatre Royal; pantomime, but who declines to give her stage name, was broken into. The house was left secure by the occupants prior to their departure for the theatre; but on returning, about 11.30 p.m., they were surprised to find that the place had been entered. A search was made, and on going into the bedroom upstairs the jewellery box was found lying on the floor. The contents of the box were missing, with the exception of two diamond ear-rings. The property that was missing was valued at about £100. The police were informed, and Detectives Allan and Hough investigated the case. The officers, from something they heard, paid a visit to a house in Gardner-street, Gorton, and took the prisoner Black into custody. The latter gave such information to the officers that they were able to recover the greater portion of the stolen jewellery, consisting of a gold watch, gold crucifix, diamond cross, diamond swallow brooch, and two gold rings, which were concealed in a cupboard under the gas meter in the front room of the house. Other articles, which were identified by the prosecutrix as her property, were also found in a house in Brampton-street, Stockport-road. The officers, on the 25th ult., went to the shop of Kindler, and found certain stones, which the prosecution allege were removed from a ring sold to him by Black.
Detective Allan said that since the prisoners had been remanded the safe at Kindler's house I had been found to contain two watch movements, numbered respectively 4,835 and 8,227, i which it is believed have been stolen, and the police asked for a remand in order that the owners might be found.
Prisoners were each remanded for a week, an application by Mr. Hockin for bail for the prisoner Kindler being refused.
Source: Evening Express - 5th February 1902
Stolen by a Barman at Manchester
JEWELLER SENT TO PRISON FOR RECEIVING
At the Manchester City Sessions yesterday Henry Black, barman, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Caroline Garrett, Upper Brook-street. Chorton-on-Metlock, and stealing therefrom a cross, a crucifix, nine rings, two brooches, a locket, a necklace, a silver cigarette case, and two gold chains, the total valued at £99. Seigmund Kindler, 33, a jeweller, of Oxford-street, City, pleaded not guilty to the charge of having received a portion of the same; the value of which was £12 10s., knowing it to have been stolen. According to Mr. Wilkinson, for the prosecution, it appeared that Mrs. Garrett, at present an artist at the Theatre Royal, Manchester, left her house on the 22nd ult., and returning at 11.30 p.m., she found that the house had been broken into, and the articles enumerated stolen. Information was given to the police, and from inquiries Black was apprehended by Detective Allan. He then admitted the offence, and said that he sold a ring to Kindler. The latter, however. denied this, but said. "A man did come to me and offer to sell a ring and other articles, but I would not buy them; I thought they were stolen." Subsequently, when taken to the Town-hall, he admitted having had the ring, from which he had taken the stones, and when taken to his shop he produced the stones and a piece of gold into which he had reduced the ring.
Detective Walker said that Black had previously borne a very good character, but had lately associated with suspicious characters. Black alleged that he had fallen to the temptation while visiting the house for the purpose of returning a dog he had found. He was sent to prison for six months.
On behalf of Kindler, it was contended that the ring had been left with him to re-set. He had borne a good character, and had often assisted the police. Several witnesses spoke of his character.
Prisoner was found guilty, and sentenced to seven months' imprisonment.
Source: Evening Express - 15th March 1902
At Belfast to-day Sergmund Kindler, jeweller, late of Oxford-road, Manchester, was charged with having unlawfully received within the past three years large quantities of jewellery, the property oi the Great Central Railway Company.
It was stated that for six months the accused had carried on business in Belfast. His premises were searched last night, and jewellery valued at over £300, believed to be the property of the company, was found. The accused was handed over to the Manchester police.
Source: Evening Express and Evening Mail - 8th May 1906
THREE YEARS OF CRIME
SERIES OF RAILWAY FRAUDS
Sentence was passed at Manchester Assizes yesterday on John Thomas Coates and Siegmund Kindler, who had been convicted the previous day of a remarkable series of railway frauds.
Coates was formerly a district inspector on the Great Central Railway, and Kindler at one time carried on business as a jeweller in Oxford-street, Manchester. Subsequently he removed to Belfast, and it was there that he was arrested.
The actual thief, it was alleged by the prosecution, was Coates, who rifled passengers' luggage while it was in transit on the railway.
The most important case was that of a valuable diamond pendant belonging to Lady Arthur, which disappeared while she was travelling from Worksop to Manchester. Though Coates admitted several of the robberies, he denied this one, but the pendant was found in Kindler's shop in Belfast, along with other stolen property, which, it was alleged, was disposed of by Coates, after he had stolen it, to Kindler.
Moreover, in Coates's possession was found a key which fitted Lady Arthur's trunk; while he was also proved to have travelled by the train from which it was stolen.
Counsel for the prosecution explained that the system of robbery of which the prisoners were found guilty had been going on for three years. The total value of property stolen during that period was over £1,000. This, he added in reply to his lordship, was an on the branches of the Great Central Railway on which Coates acted as inspector.
Each prisoner was sentenced to five years' Penal servitude.
Source: Evening Express and Evening Mail - 14th July 1906