Newspapers and journals: Theft of Gold Ring, 1903


On Saturday, Ernest Viney, labourer, of Semley, was brought up in custody before Shaftesbury Magistrates charged with stealing a gold ring, value 25s, the property of Sarah Jane Gray, of Victoria-street, Shaftesbury. The complainant stated that on the 23rd of September last she placed the ring in the drawer of a dressing-table, and missed it on 26th September. In the meantime, prisoner has assisted in removing her furniture from Semley to Shaftesbury. She consequently gave information to the police about a fortnight ago, and PC Bishop, having investigated the case, procured the ring on April 3rd.

Annie Gumbleton stated prisoner gave her the ring about five or six months ago at Bournemouth. PC Bishop stated that from information received he went to the Priory, Shaftesbury, where the last witness was engaged, and she handed him the ring in question. He arrested prisoner subsequently on a warrant at Donhead St Andrew and charged him with the theft.

On cautioning the prisoner he made no reply, but on the way to Shaftesbury he said “This is a foolish job. I took the ring the day we removed the furniture, and when I was down to Bourne I gave it to the girl.” Prisoner pleaded guilty stating that he picked up the ring after they had loaded the furniture. The magistrates treated the case under the First Offender’s Act and bound prisoner over in the sum of £10 to be of good behaviour for six months.

Western Gazette
10 Apr 1903

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