1918 Court: Girl held on remand for stealing a watch

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At the Borough Police Court Lily Smith (20) domestic servant was charged on remand with stealing a metal watch value 10s, the property of Kate Anderson, 5, Scalby Road, between the 8th and 15th June.

Defendant pleaded guilty.

The Chief Constable said Mrs Anderson had a visit from prisoner between three and four o’clock on the 8th of June. Prisoner said she had come from Leeds to Scarborough about a week before and wished to change her lodgings. She agreed to pay 10s a week, and said she was working at a restaurant near the station. She only wanted a bedroom to sleep. She stayed there for some days, going out about 7 in the morning and returning between 7 and 9 in the evening. Incidentally she refused to register, although requested more than once. While she was staying at the house there was a watch hanging on a nail in the mantlepiece in the kitchen, and on the 14th of June it was missing. Prisoner had access to the place.

The matter was reported to the police, who found that prisoner had pledged the watch with Mr A Gibson, Castle Road, for 2s, stating that it was her brother’s watch. She told the police she did it to buy food. Prisoner had been in Scarborough some little time, but the police could not find that she had done any work. She had behaved in a very peculiar manner.

Defendant had nothing to say in reply to the charge.

The Chief Constable said that enquiries had been made by the Leeds police. She had been identified by means of a photograph as a girl who was known as Sarah Kog.

Prisoner said she never heard the name, but she admitted the other facts stated in the letter. She was admitted to an orphanage at Leeds in 1908 and remained until May, 1915. She was sent out to domestic service, but after being in two places she returned to the home. She stayed there a few weeks, then went to another situation, and left one morning without notifying her employers. On the 25th of April last she obtained a situation as a kitchen maid at Leeds Infirmary but left, being unsuitable. She then came to Scarborough.

There was nothing known against the girl’s honesty, but she was very strange in her demeanour.

Eventually prisoner was remanded for a week to give Miss Dyer, probation officer, the opportunity of enquiring whether a home could be found for her. She promised to stay with Miss Dyer meanwhile.