Mexborough and Swinton Times, March 23rd 1888
Theft at Conisbrough
James Roebuck, a collier, late of Denaby Main, was charged with having stolen a shawl and a waistcoat and other things on the 23rd ult, the property of Ed Brett, labourer of Conisbrough.
Prosecutors said he missed the articles, which were produced, and afterwards identify them and shown them by the police.
Police constable Webber said he had apprehended prisoner on Thursday night, the 15th inst, at Wath Road, Swinton. He found him wearing the vest now produced and charged him with stealing a quantity of wearing apparel, the property of Ed Brett.
He replied, “What about the shawl? If they say I have stolen anything I can prove it. I am willing to go.”
He had “swapped” the waistcoat with prosecutors son. The pillow slip had been given prisoner’s wife by prosecutor’s wife. He would be sorry to take anything away from prosecutor, as he could do with it at home.
The Bench said that they understood he had been in confinement since Thursday, and the justice of the case will be met by his being kept in further confinement to Monday