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An Unlucky Mistake.

An extraordinary mistake nuvde by a member of the criminal class was brought to light yesterday (says the, "Age" of July 30th) during the hearing of a charge of theft at the City Qs»rt, before Mr .Nicholson, Police Utogiatmte. A youth named John Rie.% was charged with . stealing from, the person of an old man m Russell.'qferae* the sum of M and a few cappers, Detective Macinanamy stated that, early ill the morning, as he was m Russell street, the accused, mistaking' him for some other person, came to him and tojd him he had.,'a- good thing on,' as'he'meant to stick tip'an old' man who was coming down the street, and whom he knew had money on him. Reilly alao asked him to go shares m the proceeds of the robbery. The youth then hurried en to* meet the intended victim, who came hobbling down the thoroughfare. Reilly was: followed by the detective, a^nd ok coming; up to the man he saw that the accused had succeeded m carrying «ut his purpose* Before the young fellow could get awajr however, Detectivevjjffacmanamy caught hold of him, and after a struggle with him he managed^ handcuff him. When on the ground the detective noticed his prisoner drop something from one of his hands, and striking a match he discovered the money which had been extracted from theoldmau&pockets. The bench sentenced ft* accused to > six months' inip^ae*HMmt. On his. removal ftom the court Reilly maaaged to escape from his gaoler, DetecjbiTe-Sfojrgeant Ward, but was recaptured after a chase of a'few minutes.

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An Unlucky Mistake., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2495, 19 August 1890

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An Unlucky Mistake. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2495, 19 August 1890

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