Grand theft from hotel restaurant

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1914 court

At the Borough Police Court before the Mayor (Mr CC Graham), Alderman V Fowler, Alderman Ascough, Alderman Rowntree, Cllr Hopwood, Mr George Rowntree, Mr AJ Tugwell, and Mr J Sinfield, Mary Stockdale (26) domestic servant, 63, Murchison Street, was charged on remand with having stolen from the Grand Hotel Restaurant, three knives and four spoons, of the value together of 3s 3d, the property of John Dyson Whittaker, between June 26th and July 19th, 1914.

She was further charged with having stolen a lady’s apron, the property of Dorothy Taylor, value 2s 6d from the same restaurant during the same period.

Prisoner pleaded guilty 
to the first charge but not guilty with respect to the second.

The Chief Constable in outing the first case said prisoner had been employed at the Grand Restaurant on June 27th and discharged on July 18th, the following day the articles mentioned had been discovered to be missing. They were afterwards found at prisoner’s lodgings in her possession.

Evidence of identification of the articles was given by the manager of the Grand Restaurant.

Prisoner’s landlady spoke as to prisoner having given her the knives and spoons when she had been busy with visitors. She had afterwards handed them to PC Taylor.

Prisoner alleged that her landlady offered to buy articles, and that she had 
told her how she had got 
them.

PC Taylor spoke as to having found the articles (produced) in prisoner’s possession, and also a dessert spoon which prisoner alleged did not belong to the Grand Restaurant.

The Mayor said they were very sorry to see prisoner there. They found her guilty.

Giving evidence in the second case, PC Taylor said he had been following prisoner upstairs to search her box when she ran to her bedroom. He followed, and she threw an apron between the bed and the mattress and sat down. He asked what it was and she replied, “Nothing.”

Replying when charged, she said, “I didn’t steal it.”

Dorothy Taylor said she had missed the apron in the week following June 27th. Prisoner had told her she could not find it.

The Chief Constable said prisoner had been an orphan for the past several years. She belonged to Scarborough, and said she had no friends. There was nothing against her previously.

The Mayor said they were very sorry indeed to find her in that position, and hoped it would be a serious warning, and that she would be honest for the rest of her life. She would be bound over in the sum of £5 under the care of Miss West, probationer officer, under the First Offenders’ Act.