30, Fleet Street, London
An extensive robbery was committed on Friday morning, between three and six o'clock, in the premises of Mr. Whiteaves, jeweller and silversmith, 30, Fleet-street. The house in question is situated in the most public part of Fleet-street, and yet the thieves obtained an entrance by forcing up the iron grating in front of the house, into which, it would seem, a boy was thrust, and in an instant it was closed down again. The young thief then entered the kitchen, and came up into the shop and admitted his companions at the front door, they entirely cleared the shop-windows of the watches and small articles of plate, and then broke open several drawers and cabinets, and took out some rare and valuable gold coins. The other articles which the villains possessed themselves of were six gold watches, about 36 silver watches, and lever horizontals, various gilt watches, and gold watch-keys, rings, about 20 gold seals, and three gold chains, and several articles of jewellery; a quantity of silver plate, and other valuable articles, furnishing a rich booty. The family of Mr. Whiteaves slept in the upper part of the house, and were not in the least alarmed by the operations of the thieves.
Source: The Carmarthen Journal - 15th January 1830