Mexborough and Swinton Times February 1, 1908
Theft of a Cycle at Conisborough
Rotherham Man Sent to Gaol
Thomas Blount, a trammer, of Rotherham, was brought up in custody charged with stealing a gents bicycle, the property of Richard Burton.
Richard Burton, 5 Balby St, New Conisborough, said he was an engineman employed at Cadeby colliery. On Sunday, November 3 last year, he went out for a ride on his cycle (produced) and returned home about 11 o’clock the same morning. He put the cycle in the front room of the house, and prisoner was lodging at the same place. At 2:30 p.m. he went to bed.
He rose at 7 p.m. to go to work and returned home from work at 6:30 a.m. next morning. On going to look to his cycle he found it missing. The cycle was his own, and he valued it at £5 10s. He gave information to the police.
John Edward Harrison, a sergeant detective of the Rotherham Borough police force, said on Tuesday, 21st of January, in consequence of information he received he made enquiries, and the cycle produced was handed to him by prisoner. On Thursday, January 20 said after making further inquiries, he arrested prisoner, who made no reply on being charged with stealing the cycle.
Prisoner, who had nothing to say, was sentenced to 2 months imprisonment.