At the Wigton Police Court on Friday, John STUBBS, dock labourer, at
Silloth, but who comes from Longtown, was charged with stealing £4 10s in gold and
some silver from the person of David PUGH, master of the Amity, of Carnarvon,
now lying in the dock. Mr. M’KEEVER appeared on behalf of the prisoner.
It appeared that the prosecutor and three shipmates had been in the
Waverley Hotel at different times and had had several glasses of ale, but he was not
drunk. About six o’clock in the evening he lay down on the sofa and fell
asleep, and did not awake for about an hour, when he found prisoner’s hand in
his pocket. Saw him take something out of his pocket, but could not say it was
his purse, but missed his purse at the time, and told the landlady of his
loss. He gave information to Police-constable SLEE, who apprehended the prisoner.
Police-constable SLEE said that when he apprehended the prisoner he denied
having robbed PUGH, and no money of any kind was found upon him.
The Bench, finding that the prisoner’s lodgings had not been searched,
remanded him until Saturday, when he was discharged.