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Onk of the most extraordinary bank robberies which has occured in the metropolis for some years past took place on Saturday last at the west-end branch of the London and Westminster Bank, in St. Janies's-square. Happily, the vigilance of the police has in this instance effected the double object of the appre hension of the thieves and the recovery of the property stolen, the rascals boing taken, with the cash-box in their possession, within 200 yards of the scene of the robbery.

The circumstances may be thus briefly told; About six weeks ago Inspector Lund and Sergeant Whicher, two very active and intelligent officers of the doteciivo police force, while walking across Trafalgar-square, observed a man named John Tyler, whom they knew to be a returned convict, loitering in'tho vicinity of one of the fountains. With tact peculiar to themselves, they watched his movements, and presently traced him into the mall of St. James's Park, where, on arriving near to the milk stands, he was joined by an old man, named Wm. ) Cauty, on whose movements the police have had anxious eye for some years past. Cauiv and Tyler left the park together, closely observed by the officers, and after I taking a long round they were seen to j enter the London and Westminster i Branch Bunk, in St. James's square. J Canty entered first and remained in the I bank about ten minutes, when he came ! out and signalled his companion to enter. llt was remarked that Tyler had a groat coat upon his arm ai the time, and the movements of the two men, combined I with their known characters, induced the j officers to watch them very narrowly. They left the hank together in about "a quarter of an hour after they entered, i uud no suspicion that a robbery had been i committed have arisen, Inspector Lund contented himself with " marking them down." From this day until Saturday last, the movements of the two men have been kept under a close surviilance, they have generally met daily and frequently, at the same spot—the milk stands in St James's Park. From this place they were repeatedly watched to the London and Westminister Bank, and Mr. Commissioner Mayne having been made acquainted with the circumstances, he advised that the parties at the bank should be put upon their guard. Mr. Inspector Lund accordingly waited upon Mr. Oliver Vile, the manager of the West-end branch, and acquainted him with the facts which had come to his knowledge. Mr. Vile was naturally much alarmed, and having informed Mr. Lund that on some ocasions the bank cash box contained property to the amount of £ 100,000 and that it was open to the reach of any person in the bank when his back was turned, all arrangement was made to place the moneys of the bank in security and to allow the cash box with certain marked notes and papers, to occupy its usual position in the manager's countinghouse. On Saturday week Cauty and Tyler were tracked to the bank, which they both entered together, as it is believed, with the intention of securing the cash-box. The entry of a sergeant of police in uniform at the same moment, to obtain change for a cheque, seems to have thwarted the thieves on this occasion, p.ndthey again left the bank without effecting their object. On Saturday last Lund and Whicher again tracked Caaty to the Mall, in St. James's Park. He arrived at the old spot about a quarter to three o'clock, and before the hour had chimed Tyler joined him. The officers were compelled to keep at a great distance, in order to avoid exciting observation, but having marked their game well, they again watched them into the London and Westminster Bank. By the kindness of the Earl of Dartmouth," the officers, were permitted to take up their station in the hall of his mansion, which as is well known, commands the entrance to the bank. Cauty and Tyler left the Park by the Duke of York's steps, and after drinking together at a public-house in Pall-mall, Cauty proceeded to the bank which he entered alone, leaving Tvler outside. It was remarked that Tyler, instead of having a coat upon his arm, as usual, was on Saturday provided with a black bag. After Cauty had been in the bank a few minutes, he came out, and ra's'ng his hat twice as a signal, his companion entered. In about three minutes both the thieves were observed to leave the bank together, the bag which Tyler carried evidently containing some heavy substance. Inspector Lund and Sergeant Whicher allowed the two men to proceed as far as the end of Charlesstreet, where it enters the Haymarket. On arriving at this point they were both pounced upon and secured. In rcplv to Mr. Lund's inquiry, Tyler admitted' lie had a box in his bag, but he declined to describe its contents. When brought together both prisoners strenuously denied any knowledge of each other. The parties were first conveyed to Scotland-

yard, and subsequently to the King-strcct-slation, where they were formally charged with the robbery.

It is impossible to believe that the crime can have been conceived and carried out unless with the collusion of some parties m the bank, and great hopes are entertained that the guilty individuals will bo brought to justice forthwith.

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EXTRAORDINARY ROBBERY AT THE LONDON AND WESTMINSTER BANK. Wellington Independent, Volume VII, Issue 635, 12 November 1851

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