NOW IN PRISON.
Whitehaven Man's Hire Purchase Frauds.
"I had to do this to get out of my scrape" said Edwin COOK, of Newtown,
Whitehaven, when answering a charge at Manchester City Police Court that he
as a bailee fraudently converted and thereby feloniously stole a motor car
value £40, a player piano value £120 and a wireless set value £18 18s.
COOK, who also pleaded that he had a wife and child to keep and was in
debt, was sent to prison for four months. He started work in Manchester as a
motor engineer last year and hired cars out. He told the court that he did
badly in this line and had to sell eight cars he owned for scrap.
COOK pleaded guilty to the charge.
Detective-Sergt. RICE said he saw the prisoner at Cavendish Street
Police Station on March 8th when he charged him with stealing on November 12th,
1931, a motor car, the property of Walter John GREEN. He replied "I sold it for
£25." He then admitted selling a player piano, the property of Alfred
EMERSON which he purchased on a hire agreement. He said he paid £5 deposit and
promised to pay £2 monthly. He had sold it on January 11th for £30 after only
paying one installment. He said he also obtained a wireless set from Trojan
(Manchester) Ltd., Alexander Road, Moss Side, on a hire purchase agreement, paid
£1 deposit and sold it for £4 a few days later.
"This morning," Sergt. RICE, "I further charged him with stealing as
bailee the piano and the wireless set and he replied, "I plead guilty."
Walter John GREEN, motor dealer, of Deansgate, Manchester, said he
agreed to sell the car to COOK in November, 1931, and agreed to accept another car
value £16 in part exchange. No other payment was made.