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Stories of a handsome burglar who secured a post as porter at the Ladies* United Service Club in Curzon Street arid used his opportunity to rob the safej .were recently recounted in the King's,, Bench Division, London.

.The burglar appears to have quitecapiivated the lady; members of the club,' a? onev of ; these said, that "as she"'ih,ought', .he; -w^as pwfc 'very strong v she^br^ugl^t him,%naijki: >5 ..Tiie.circumst^nqe^'.wejce^revealed duribg ah action by" SlrsH'Alice L. Williams, 'of Warley, Essex, against the Qqr^n: "Syndicate, (pjropjrjetors of the club) for .£3oo,"vahie'of Idst jewellery. She said she handed to .the manageress 'a: dressing bag. containing the case, and it was locked in the safe. The syndicate denied negligence, and said that it'w^asa rule of Hh^i cluK-that members •had^rio iclaim in respeefcof property al;l«ged::t6'haye:b6en>:;l«.^,.:PF lost, in the j ; Counsel- forpfrra Wilh'ams said that fclk? safe;'was!%-robbed, and the porter was found gagged and bound. The ?Boildsj:/;:howoy,er, -Werei yery loose, and ; .^k;e identified the man from his fihger.rpriht"9, as/'. ,a^\, expert London 'c'rhainal' wKo had' served 20 years' iict— pfißonmentj'; H>fer tand his accomplices, were'arrested, and;.the porter was sentenced to imprisonment.' Mrs Williams clid not recover any of her jewellery, and Counsel contended that defendants/ in selecting' 'the 1 ' porter, wero giiilty of negligence..-, , Inspector Aler.cer said the porter had riot at all .the appearance of a. burglar. He was quite a "good-looking btirglar," and not at- all of the "Bill Sikes" character, but a very plausibleman. . • ■< '.Mr Justice Rowlatt: It's no use being a criminal if you are not plausi■ble,;- ■ .. :*_ Inspector Mercer said the burgl«u= had worked, at the Woolwich Arsenv 'tis a "clerical labourer," and obtained 4a good character. \'i j t Witness produced a burglar's safe ctjttei-j and upon this being handed to the Judge his Lordship- remarked: "Oh, yes, 'tKis is the sardine.tin opener"—the term applied by burglars to ftiie implement. Mrs-Williams gavea:Kßt of the missing jewellery, and said she won some of it in Australia as prizes for elocii'tiori.'': '

;fT)*e Judge; It is a; mercy to have a la4y-,giving evidence who has a knowleoge; of elocution. ,1^ is not often it liapiiens. ■■'■'■■ ■-' 'Mrs Williams':: Well, I hope you can hear me, my Lord. < Witnesses who -had suffered losses while staying - at - the club during the employment of : the^bnrglar-porter gave evidence. One said she liked the night porter. -He looked like-,a-, respectable lawyer's clerk, and ; w,as, a nice looking man.

Mrs Louisa Hpcker,'governing director of the'syndic^e, staged the porter appeared a suitably candidate when he applied, and as he\had al,'good character she engaged • him.. The company lost about £10Q from the isafe. His Lordship reserved judgment.

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A "NICE" BURGLAR., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9594, 25 April 1919

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A "NICE" BURGLAR. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9594, 25 April 1919