TILBURY & LEWIS
Wangaratta Street, Richmond, Victoria
Man for Trial on Two Charges
At the City Court yesterday Alexander Blake was presented on two charges of factory breaking. Harry Hodgkins, manufacturing jeweller, trading as J. P. Marshall and Co., Somerset-lane, city, said that on 31st August he locked His premises at 5.00 p.m. There was a quantity of jewellery, gold filings, &c., in the workshop. The following morning he found that the steel gauze above the front door had been partly removed, and the back door was open. The property in court had been in the workshop. He valued it at £30.
Charles Richard Forster, manufacturing jeweller, Collins-street, said that at 8.15 a.m. on 30th August, when he went to his premises, he found the door of the workshop open. A trap door in the ceiling had been forced and a sheet of iron removed from the roof. An attempt to blow open a safe had failed. A tin of gold and platinum ring mounts and some gold filings were missing. He valued the property stolen at about £10.
Constable Lloyd, of South Richmond, said that at 3.50 a.m. on 1st September, in company with Constable Hunt, he arrested accused near the factory of Tilbury and Lewis, silversmiths, Wangaratta-street, Richmond. He identified the property in court as that found in the possession of accused, who said he got it from the office of Tilbury and Lewis. In accused's overcoat pocket were three plugs of gelignite. Accused told Constable Hunt he had tried to blow "the safe upstairs" with gelignite.
Detective Lee said that when questioned at the Detective Office accused admitted having broken into the factories of Marshall and Forster. He said he had stolen the gelignite from a quarry at Northcote, When asked where he lived, accused said he had come from Sydney about ten days previously.
Blake was committed for trial at the Criminal Sessions on 2nd October. Bail was fixed at £250 and a surety in a like amount on the first charge, and a personal surety of £50 on the second.
A further charge against Blake, of having broken into the office of Preston municipal quarries and stolen 12 detonators, was remanded to Preston court.
Source: The Age - 14th September 1933