Commercial Street, Newport
Loss of One Hundred and Fifty Nuptial Bands
Mr. Wernet, a Newport jeweler, recently discovered that at sometime or other,probably within a week, he had lost a tray of 150 wedding rings. As he neither knew when, where, or how the loss occurred, and wedding rings have such a bullion value, and nothing much to distinguish them, we fear the robbery is not likely to be traced.
Source: The Watchmaker, Jeweller and Silversmith - 1st December 1893
Loss of 150 Wedding Rings
The confederate trick was successfully worked upon August Wernet, Commercial-street, Newport, in November last, by a man and woman who professed to require a number of articles, and even selected some to be sent to a butcher in the town. The woman having got rid of the assistant, decoyed August Wernet outside, and in the meantime someone entered and stole the 150 nuptial bands. Some evidence has leaked out - which the prisoners regard as the outcome of a grudge of someone who has rounded on them–which has resulted in the apprehension in London of Henry Price, nineteen, a tipster, and his wife, who have been committed for trial.
Source: The Watchmaker, Jeweller and Silversmith - 1st February 1894
Sequel to the Newport Ring Robbery
It will be remembered that recently there was a charge of ring stealing at Newport, where a man, Price, and his new wife were traced to London, but unfortunately got off. They have since been arrested in Wales and taken to Newcastle. During the journey the female made her escape to Birmingham and has since been taken in London. The man has been sentenced to three years' penal servitude for a jewel robbery from the shop of Mr. Wilson, a jeweler, of Grey-street, Newcastle. Their method of work was for the woman to engage the attention of the assistant, either inside or outside, and then for the man to come in for some trifling thing, and take the opportunity of seizing the valuables. In the case at Grey-street, 36 rings, valued at, Â£200, were stolen. Price, although only 19 years of age, had been previously convicted.
Source: The Watchmaker, Jeweller and Silversmith - 1st May 1894