Arrested for: Larceny
Arrested at: North Shields Police Station
Arrested on: 8 August 1904
Tyne and Wear Archives ref: DX1388-1-35-Mary Johnson
The Shields Daily Gazette for 8 August 1904 reports:
"THREE MONTHS EACH. NEWCASTLE THIEVES IN NORTH SHIELDS
Daniel McCann (30), Newcastle, and Mary Johnson (30), alias Elizabeth Chantiller, Newcastle, were charged with stealing the sum of 7s 2d from George Henry Lilley on the 6th.
The prosecutor stated that at 8.35 pm on Saturday he was going along Collingwood Street when he saw the prisoners, who asked him to stand them a drink. They went into a public-house snug and witness called for three drinks. They were supplied, and immediately afterwards the male prisoner put his arms round his (witnesses’s) neck. The two prisoners then went out and he followed them, and on putting his hand in his pocket he missed his money and some tobacco. He went to the prisoners and told them he had lost his money. They replied "We have not got it". He informed the police of his loss, and the two prisoners were afterwards arrested.
Sergt. Weatherburn spoke to arresting the prisoners forty minutes after prosecutor spoke to him. In the male’s possession was found 5s 2d and some tobacco which the prosecutor afterwards identified as his property. Prisoners now pleaded guilty.
Chief Constable Huish said the man began his career in 1893 and the woman in 1895. This was the man’s 36th appearance. In June 1893 , he was convicted for larceny from the person in Carlisle. The woman had also been convicted for frequenting for the purpose of committing a felony.
The magistrates committed them for three months each".
For a view of Mary Johnson’s accomplice see http://ift.tt/1EOXqNS.
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