Theft of Three Rings From Boston Jewelers Subject of Sensational Newspaper Accounts
Boston, May 2.—Sensational stories appeared during the past week in some of the Boston daily papers regarding the disappearance of Bertram R. Brown, an employe of Jordan, Marsh & Co.’s department store in this city, with $3,000 worth of diamonds belonging to Bigelow, Kennard & Co. A romantic yarn was spun of a broken hearted fiance and other incidentals of a more or less yellow tinge embellished the tale. The facts in the case are more prosaic and the amount stolen is about $300, not $3,000.
It appears that Brown represented himself as about to be married, and visited the store of Bigelow, Kennard & Co., where he inspected engagement rings, set with diamonds. He asked that three of these rings be sent over to the store, in which he had been a regular employe for about six months, and where the young woman to whom he was engaged was also employed, in order that she might designate her choice. The request was not one to excite suspicion, under such circumstances, but the messenger was given instructions, nevertheless, not to allow the rings to be taken out of his sight, according to custom, unless he received payment therefor.
A clerk selling goods behind a counter, without an outer coat or a hat on, especially if it is known that the position has been his customary one for half a year, is hardly the man who would be expected to run away with rings sent over to him from a neighboring store for inspection, yet that is
what Brown did. He made his way toward another part of the store, disappeared from the messenger’s sight and has not been in evidence since.
It has since been learned that Brown had been inspecting rings at the store of Foster & Co., 32 West St., during the past week, and had tendered a check there in payment, but it was not certified and was declined. He had also opened negotiations for a watch at the Shreve, Crump & Low Co.’s store, it is stated, but they had not reached culmination. It is supposed that he calculated to have the scheme on these different plans for swindling the big concerns come to a climax all on a given day and then decamp. The woman in the case appears to have been his dupe and not his accomplice. She is only 17 years old.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 4th May 1904