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The Robbery at Kirkealdie and Stains' Shop.

John Cnmmings was brought up on remand at the Magistrate's Court to-day on the charge of having stolen 118J yards of Bilk, valued at £>tt 3a 2d, from the shop of Kirkoaldio and Stains, Lambton-quay, on Tuesday last. On the application of Deteotive Inspector JJrowno, the information was amended so as to read that 1»1| yards, valued at .£47 0s Bd, had boon stolen. Mr. Browne explained that Rinoe the anoused was before the Court on Thursday, tho polioo had found 1G additional yards of silk. Prisoner, who was nndofended, was not called npon to plead, the charge boing an indiotablo one. Mr. John Kirkoaldio, of the firm of Kirkcaldio & Stums, Lambton-quay, deposed that thero wore two entranoos to the premises from Brandon-Btroot. Ono was into a long shod whoro the shutters wore kept, and the othor was into the shop. A person going through tho lfwt-montionod ontranoo could find his way upstairs without difficulty, as a stairoaso was just inßido. On commencing buajiioss last Wednesday he found that during the night somoone-had attempted to opon the oaah drawer with a draper's soisBorg. Later on he heard that somo silk was/ mißbing, and ho then gavo information to thfe pohoe. The prisonor had been omployedily the firm for several years, and he knogjkha promises well. Ho was disoharged/fabont four years ago. J Leah Dixon, millinot's assistant,! stated , r ol i Rolng lnto * ho mi "inory workroom on Wodnoßday morning sho found Jfct> of the windows opon from the bottom. /Before tho plnoe was closed on Tuesday Iniirht tho window was shut. / William Petty, draper's aaafatant. gave ovidonco that ho closed up the, premises on Tuesday night. He looked the^oor loading from the milhnory show-room Uo the mifhuory room, but loft the koy in tiho door A person oould conceal himsolf in oine of' tho upstairs rooms during working hoAra. George Watts, a parool boy, depfcsod that on Wodnesday morning ho found Itho mil«R|T° om " oor olosoc l i but not looft-ed. William Goorgo Adkin, in ohargo\of the silk dopartmont at Kirkcaldie & SEtains' Bliop, deposed that on Wednesday mctirninir ho missed a piooo of silk about 20 or 30>»ard8 in length. Ho gavo information to hw f employors, and in tho ovening six pieces of gtilk wiwo bMtu-ht to the shop. He found tliat tho silk| bolonged to his employers. TNio following day anofior piooe was brought ffloo lam, and ho r.lso identified it. Ho had n/ ot sold any of tho silk in question. IJ Mary Home, barmaid at the Army aCid Navy Holol, stated that on Tuesday niidfht last the prisoner took away from tho hotoW a box whioh ho had loft there somo weeks afto. Christina Olson, wife of Martin Olaenjl a boardinghonso-keopor in Courteiay Pl Jfoe, was tho next witness oxamined. Sheai/Wated that about 9 o'clock on tho nighiaWPTuesday last tho prisonor jw^J'Mt her house and '^KlgftgeCl Sfl&K.^rio plaoed a large box in tho ; room and them went away. The next morning he borrowod a pair of scissors from her. Lator on in tho day sho saw the detootivea tako a quantity of silk from the box. Harriet Hewitt, who said she was housekeeper to Mr. Williamson, of the Panama Hotel, deposed that on Wednesday last the priioner sold her the silk produoed. He represented to her that he was travelling fcr a Melbourne firm. Deteotivo Campbell deposed that on Wednesday he accused prisoner of having oomnritted a larceny at Kirkoaldio and Stains'. In prisoner's presenoe, ha searched the prisoner's residence in Hopper-street, bnt none of the goods were found about the place. In the pocket of the coat prisoner was wearing, however, witness and Deteotive M'Grath found some samplen of silk, and later on they found a large quantity of Bilk in a box at Olson's boardinghonse. Tho prisoner was committed for trial.

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The Robbery at Kirkealdie and Stains' Shop., Evening Post, Volume XXX, Issue 24, 28 July 1885

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The Robbery at Kirkealdie and Stains' Shop. Evening Post, Volume XXX, Issue 24, 28 July 1885