The Burglary at Munich.—Frank Bailey, alias Frank Buck, and William Davis, alias Billy Porter, were brought up on remand last month at Bow Street, under the Extradition Acts, charged with breaking into the shop of Mr. Thomas, jeweller, at Munich, and stealing therefrom money and property to the value of 96,000 marks.—Mr. Besley appeared for Davis, Mr. Gill for Bailey, and Mr. Mead supported the application for the extradition of the prisoners—Mr. Besley called James Collins, the uncle of Davis, to prove that the marriage of the parents of the prisoner took place in Cork. The object of this was to show that Davis was of British nationality, the contention of the prosecution being that both prisoners were Americans. If Davis is a British subject, by the treaty obligations Sir James Ingham has no power to surrender him to the German authorities. Both prisoners were remanded.
In reference to the above case, Chief Inspector Neame, was summoned before Mr. Vaughan to show cause why certain jewellery, value £150, should not be delivered up to Karl Thomas, jeweller, of Munich. Mr. Goldberg appeared for the complainant. Since an order for the extradition of the prisoners was made by Sir James Ingham, the prisoner Porter has appealed to the Court of Queen's Bench, and obtained his release, on the ground that, having been born at sea, on an English vessel, he was an English subject, and as such could not be delivered up to the German Government for trial in that country. The appeal was successful, and Porter is now at liberty. The property in question was found by Sergeant Froest and Sergeant Leach, of Scotland Yard, in the prisoner's possession. It consisted of manufactured jewellery, which was being worn by the prisoner's wife, and rough diamonds, which were found loose in the prisoner's hat-box.—Mr. Apps, who appeared for the prisoner, did not object to giving up certain articles sworn to by Sergeant Leach as being part of the proceeds of the burglary, but he did as regarded other articles of jewellery found in the prisoner's possession.—Mr. Vaughan ordered the property sworn to as part of the proceeds of the burglary to be given up to the prosecutor.
Source: The Watchmaker, Jeweller and Silversmith - 1st November 1888