CITY TOBACCONIST'S LOSS
The sum of £260 in cash, and stock to the value of £25, was stolen from the shop of Mr. Claude Winter hairdresser and tobacconist, 10, Queen Street, near the Chief Post Office, last night. The burglary was a daring one. Going to the first floor of Endean's Building, the thief got through an open window from the landing and walked along the parapet to a point immediately above the top of the rear of the shop. There he made a large hole with a diamond cutter in the plate glass window above the shop, climbed through and let himself down into the shop. . Going to the front of the shop, the thief took most of the stock of tobacco and cigarettes from the shelves. The money was contained in a bag in a locked drawer immediately below the cash register. It comprised £5, £1 and 10/ notes, with some silver ana copper. "It was most unfortunate in lots of ways," said Mr. Winter. "Yesterday I got in my new stocks and takings were bigger than usual. The thief evidently Knew this. Then, had I not been incapacitated with my leg, I would have placed the money in a safe elsewhere, but last night, on closing, I left the bag containing the money in a locked drawer, which the thief forced open." It is believed the burglary was carried out before 11 o'clock. The thief left bloodstains on the window on the first floor, as he was climbing back into Endean's Buildings.
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£260 STOLEN, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 167, 17 July 1945
£260 STOLEN Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 167, 17 July 1945
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