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LEADING A DOUBLE LIFE

"BACHELOR’S” THEFTS. How a man led a. double life —posing as single when he had a wife and family—wae described at the London Sessions, when Richard Plumbly, 48, draper, pleaded guilty to a long series of thefts from Messrs Woo Hand Bros., drapers, of Knightsbridge. The stolen good® filled a large van, Air J. D. Cassals (prosecuting) said prisoner for 15 years had been employed as a shop-walker by Messrs Woolland. He had pleaded guilty to having stolen a miscellaneous collection of property, including quantities of dress material. linen, watches 300 fancy articles, 234 pieces of silk, 60 garments, 45 suite of children’s underclothing, and other articles value £427 There could be very little doubt, said counsel, that prisoner had been systematically stealing property from his employers, whose confidence ho had enjoyed to the full. The unfortunate part of the case was that when goods were missed suspicion fell upon other employees, loading to the dismissal of several, mostly porters. Until charged, accused was thought t« be single, and bo lived in the unmarried quarter® of the firm. He was paid £3O a year, and had his board and lodging. A.s a matter of fact-, he was married, with three children, and an anonymous letter led to the discovery of his residence at East Ham, where £3OO worth of the property was found. All along he had insisted or. his wife representing to friends and relatives that he was single, and he had posed a® a bachelor amongst all his relatives and friends, and had been so regarded by them. Letters found at .his lodging® showed that lie had been selling material to his own relatives. The object of the thefts, it was stated, was prisoner’ 1 * intention to set up in business on hi® own account. Sentence of 12 months’ imprisonment was parsed.

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LEADING A DOUBLE LIFE, Issue 15629, 21 October 1914

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LEADING A DOUBLE LIFE Issue 15629, 21 October 1914

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