A joke the law calls stealing


Saturday, January 27 – 1912
“It’s a joke the law calls stealing,” was the Stipendiary’s comment on a defence put forward by two men named John Fields and John Brown, who were fined 40s. and costs, or a month’s imprisonment in default at the Liverpool Police Court in respect to a theft committed at the time of the Everton football match on Saturday.

When the match had concluded, the two men met a friend, and said,” There was a mug who came alongside of us swanking a sovereign, and we knocked it out of his hand.” One of them then produced a sovereign with the comment, “It’s a —– gold mine.”

It appeared that a detective and a constable had witnessed what happened, and saw one of the prisoners, after the owner of the money had been begging them to return it, knock him down. The two then walked away, but were followed by the officers and arrested.

It was stated that the owner of the money had not been discovered.
(Yorkshire Evening Post, 30-01-1912)

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