1877 Young Thieves

Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Saturday 22 December 1877

Young Thieves.

— Before Mr. T. R. Edridge, on Wednesday, at the Croydon Police Court, five boys named John Bearns, of Smith’s Buildings, Mitcham, Joseph Russell, Half-acre-row, Albert Bowling, Smith’s buildings, William Rosier, of Common Side, and Matthew Rosier, of the same address, were brought up in custody, charged with stealing from inside the shop No. 13, High-street, Mitcham, five tins of condensed milk and one pot of marmalade, the property of Mr. James Clarke.

— By their own admission the boys went into the shop of Mr. Clarke on Wednesday evening and bought sweets, and on leaving, took the opportunity each helping himself to the condensed milk.

— Bearns, Russell, and Bowling were sent to Horsemonger-lane gaol till Monday, and the other two were ordered to be taken to the workhouse till to-day.

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