HAUL BY SUPPOSED BRITISHER
An amazing coup at the expense of several of the leading Jewellery firms in St. Petersburg has so far baffled the Russian police (said the St. Petersburg correspondent of the "Daily News" on September 8). A British subject, as It subsequently proved from his passport, who had been spending a few days at a leading hotel here, settled his bill, and had his things prepared for removal. He then remarked that he had still an
hour before train time, and set out for an automobile run in the city.
He went direct to Messrs. Faberge, Jewellers to the Imperial Court, where he asked to see some diamond necklaces, saying that he wished to send a present abroad to his wife. He had with him an Interpreter from the hotel, as on all his previous sight-seeings, for he said he spoke only English. He bought a necklace for twelve thousand roubles, and paid for It with two cheques— one on a Chicago and the other on a London bank. The cheques wore examined and accepted.
He then went to another fashionable jeweller, and bought rings and jewels for over 20,000 roubles, for which he also paid in cheques. He repeated the operation at a third and a fourth establishment, and returned to the hotel with jewellery worth over 100,000 roubles. He immediately set out for the railway station, after tipping the hotel attendants handsomely, and, departed abroad via Finland. Next morning, when the cheques were taken to various banks, they were rejected by ail except one bank, which paid on two of them. It now proves that they were all forgeries.
From the copy of the passport taken at the hotel the visitor's name appears as George Morgan, a British subject, although the passport was taken out at Washington, The hotel staff describe him us a tall gentleman of good appearance, with dark moustache, and wearing eye-glasses. He seemed to be about 45 years old. During his stay he gave the Impression of a wealthy tourist, of whom there are many at present here and In Moscow.
The police on the Continent and in England have been communicated with, but so far there is no trace of where he has gone beyond. that he had time to leave Russian territory before the cheques were taken to the bank.
Source: The Herald - 28th October 1912