A Daring Swindle.
Quite the latest and neatest thing in swindling has, says the London correspondent of a Dublin paper, just been perpetrated in Oxford street. The other day a stylishly-dressed man walked into a wellknown business establishment, and asked to be shown a variety of expensive goods. He chose a number with considerable care, and they were wrapped up, the assistant putting the usual question : “ Will you take them with you or shall we send them?” The customer paused a moment, threw away the end of a cigarette, and remarked carelessly that he thought he would leave the articles to bo forwarded. Then, with lightning-like rapidity, he snatched the parcel from the counter, and darted off towards the door. A cry was raised, and two assistants made a bolt after the runaway, overtaking him before he had time to get out of the shop. He was brought back, and the manager hurried into the street to fetch a policeman. Happily a stalwart officer stood almost on the threshold of the door The matter was explained to him, and the officer entered the shop, and, after putting a few pertinent questions, took the thief into custody. Then, picking up the stolen parcel of goods, he remarked to the manager : “Come up to the station as soon as you are ready, and prefer the charge in the usual manner.” Seizing his prisoner by the arm, the burly officer disappeared among the Oxford street throng. Shortly afterwards the manager, having donned his walking-out coat and hat, set out hurriedly for the police station as directed. To his amazement he discovered, on arriving there, that no prisoner had been brought in on a charge of committing a robbery at bis establishment, He waited, thinking there might have been some unexpected street delay, but the thief he had given in charge and his custodian failed to put in an appearance. Gradually it dawned upon the manager that the whole affair was a skilfully planned ruse; and so it turned out to be. The supposed policeman to whom the thief had been handed over was in reality a confederate, who had assumed a constable’s attire and “planted” himself outside the Oxford street shop immediately after the other man had entered it.
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A Daring Swindle., Evening Star, Issue 7951, 5 July 1889
A Daring Swindle. Evening Star, Issue 7951, 5 July 1889
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