STORY OF A THEFT FROM WELL-KNOWN JEWELLERS
At Clerkenwell Police-court, London, Leon Chartier, alias Manheim, a French, subject, was charged with stealing a gold watch, a chain, and two rings, the whole worth £60, and the property of Benson's, the Ludgate-hill jewellers.
It was said that the prisoner called at Benson's and selected the articles, directing that they should be sent to the Hotel Russell.
When an assistant took the rings to the hotel they were submitted to two ladies, and were then, it is alleged, taken out of the room by the prisoner, together with the watch.
After waiting in the room with the ladies for a long time Messrs. Benson's assistant had the hotel searched, but prisoner had disappeared.
A Fleet-street pawnbroker's manager spoke to the pawning of the rings by Chartier, and a detective mentioned that he had been informed that the watch and chain had been given to the manager of the Buckingham Palace Hotel in payment of a bill.
The accused was committed for trial.
Source: The Weekly Mail - 6th January 1906