[PER PKE.SS ASSOCIATION] Auckland, July 14. One of the most daring robberies on a large scale, which has taken place m this city ,for some years past, occurred on Saturday afternoon, when the premises of Messrs Howden, jewellers, Queen street, were broken into, and stripped of over £700 worth of jewellery. Mr Howden is m the habit of closing his shop on Saturday afternoons without putting the shutters up or removing the stock, and j re-opening again m the evening at half- '> past six, and putting a note on the door to that effect. On Saturday last he left m the afternoon as usual, leaving the key of the shop with Mr Gilbert, Ins neighbor, a chemist. When Mr Gilbert gave up the key at half-past six he told Mr Howden there had been a noise inside, but he thought it was rats. Howden was putting the key into the door when, through the window, he saw a man running from behind the counter. He went m front, and Gilbert ran to the back, where the latter caught a young Baan penning out with a large parcel. A desperate struggle took place between Gilbert and the intruder, of which Howden was unconscious. The two men Rolled over and over m the mud twice, s*ntl the burglar got away eventually. The
police heard the noise from the station, which is in the neighborhood, and arrested the burglar, who gave the name of George McLean. He said he was a clerk. Jewellerytothe value of £700 was found in his possession in two parcels, and which he was taking away. McLean has been here about three weeks, and is believed to have come from Sydney.
Permanent link to this item
DARING ROBBERY, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2466, 14 July 1890
DARING ROBBERY Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2466, 14 July 1890
Using This Item
See our copyright guide for information on how you may use this title.