CHANDLER & SON
James Smith - (Traveller and Clerk)
STEALING £200 WORTH OF JEWELLERY
At Marlborough-street Police-court, London, yesterday, James Smith, 35, a traveller and clerk, living at Drayton-gardens, West Ealing, and until recently in the employ of Messrs. Chandler and Son, jewellers. No. 12, Newman-street, Oxford-street, surrendered to bail before Mr. Plowden to answer the charge of stealing jewellery worth £200 belonging to that firm.— It appeared that the prisoner, who was entrusted with quantities of jewellery to show the customers, pledged seventeen gold rings, two brooches, and two bracelets, instead of leaving them with firms on approbation. Becoming worried over the offence he had committed, he got drunk, in order that he might be taken in charge and confess his crime. He was arrested, as he had anticipated, and told Detective-sergeant Tomblin what he had done. —After the jewellery had been produced by pawnbrokers, Mr. Lewis stated that the prosecutors desired the magistrate to decide the case at this court.—Mr. Horwood said Smith would plead guilty, and pointed out that this was the only offence he had committed during thirteen years, and that a gentleman was prepared to give him employment after his term of punishment was served.—Mr. Plowden said this was a case of persistent theft, and the prisoner, seeing how serious the matter was, ought to be thankful he was not going for trial, where a much heavier sentence than the one to be inflicted would, doubtless, be passed. He would have to go to prison for six months, with hard labour.
Source: Evening Express and Evening Mail - 11th September 1902