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Arrest Of Jewellery Robbers

Post by Karen on Sun 28 Feb 2010 - 22:34

Arrest of Jewellery Robbers.

On December 27 jewellery to the value of 200,000 pounds, belonging to his wife, was stolen from the residence of Mr. T.J. Burden, New York. A reward of 1000 pounds was offered for the recovery of the property and the apprehension of the prisoners, and this money will probably be distributed among the London police who effected the arrests. The officers include Chief Inspector Swanson, Inspectors Forest and Hare, and Sergeants Shaddock and Allen. The men arrested in London, Dunlop and Turner, were at the time of the robbery in Mr. Burden's employ as valet and footman. They were arrested in Bond street, and a large quantity of the stolen property was found upon them. Other jewellery was discovered in large quantities at their lodging, and it is stated that the whole of the missing articles have been recovered. The men appeared to have been in London for some time, and a visit they paid to Mr. Streeter, jeweller, Bond street, was the immediate cause of their capture. On their first visit to the shop they offered a few of the stones for sale, but the experts behind the counter with whom they endeavoured to strike a bargain saw at once that the men had no knowledge of the value of the jewels. Their suspicions were aroused, and, having elicited the fact that other valuable property was in the possession of the prisoners, Turner and his confederate were induced to make a further appointment, when they were to take them some of the other articles. An appointment for the following day was made, and the couple went away. The authorities at Scotland Yard were communicated with, and, although there was no description to hand of the men from New York, it occurred to the detectives that they might be the thieves who were wanted for the theft at Mr. Burden's. Several officers awaited the arrival of the prisoners at Mr. Streeter's establishment. The men kept their appointment with strict punctuality. They were pointed out by the assistants to the detectives, who watched their movements. Turner and Dunlop had brought with them a number of other articles of jewellery with a view to sale. Of this fact the officers were duly apprised. The men on leaving the shop without having disposed of any of the precious stones, were followed a short distance by the detectives. Then they were suddenly confronted by Inspector Forest who exclaimed, "We are police officers. We believe you are in possession of stolen diamonds." The men, taken by surprise, quietly surrendered without any attempt at resistance.

Source: Mataura Ensign, Issue 154, 25 June 1896, Page 6
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Swanson's Reward

Post by Karen on Mon 25 Apr 2011 - 0:16

STORY OF A REWARD

SEQUEL OF THE BURDEN JEWEL ROBBERY.
("Daily Mail" Special.)

Mr. I. Townsend Burden, the New York millionaire, has now agreed to pay at least a portion of the 2,000 pound reward that he offered for the recovery of the 20,000 pounds worth of diamonds and jewellery stolen from his house by Dunlop and Turner some eighteen months ago.
Turner and Dunlop were, it will be remembered, the butler and footman respectively of the rich American's home in New York. They secured their booty while Mr. and Mrs. Burden were at the opera, and promptly fled to London to dispose of it. When the two thieves offered their plunder to Mr. E.W. Streeter, the Bond-street diamond merchant, that gentleman promptly communicated with Scotland-yard, and in a short time the thieves were under lock and key.
By some clever detective work on the part of Detective-inspectors Hare and Froest, aided by one or two subordinates, the whole of the precious stones were discovered in out-of-the-way pawnshops and in an East-end jeweller's shop. Mr. Burden, who came to England with his wife to identify his property, publicly stated that his valuables were worth rather more than 20,000 pounds, and that he was glad to have an opportunity of rewarding the skill and fidelity of Scotland-yard by paying over the reward he had promised. However, Mr. Burden left England without having drawn his cheque for the 2,000 pounds, which was to have been divided in the following proportions: -

Mr. Streeter, 500 pounds.
Mr. Donald Swanson, Superintendent Scotland-yard, 500 pounds.
Inspector Hare, 500 pounds.
Inspector Froest, 500 pounds.
Mr. Hare and Mr. Froest were, of course, to

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out of the amounts they received to the detectives, sergeants, and others who had helped them to recover the property and discover the thieves.
No sooner was Mr. Burden back in America than his views as to the pleasure of rewarding the people who had helped him in his time of need underwent a change. Indeed, so complete was Mr. Burden's right-about-face that he even refused to pay a sum of 100 pounds due for the shipment and insurance of his recovered jewellery. Mr. Streeter, who had from the first advised against the return of the jewels until the reward had been paid, wrote him polite letters, but without avail. Mr. Burden at first did not even deign to reply. Then he sent over a letter to the effect that he could not pay the reward at present, because he was being sued for it by his chef and by his housekeeper. Time wore on. One of the subordinates who had assisted in the capture died, and his wife was sorely in want of the promised share of the reward. Another detective had married on the strength of his share in the reward which Mr. Burden was to send over. It was time to take decided steps. Pressing letters were sent to Mr. Burden, who wrote back that he had five more suits for the amount of the reward, on his hands.
The American courts are overcrowded, but at last one of the suits against Mr. Burden was called. The plaintiff did not put in an appearance, and again letters were sent from England respecting the reward. Mr. Burden wrote back of more suits in New York, but at last began to talk of compromise. Mr. Streeter was ready to accept almost anything by this time. Yesterday morning Mr. Burden sent his final offer. It was in place of the original 2,000 pounds, a promise of 1,300 pounds, with a cash payment by the next steamer of 650 pounds; the balance on the conclusion of the suit now brought by the wife of his chief.
This offer was promptly accepted, and it is expected that within ten days the 650 pounds will be duly apportioned.

Source: Daily Mail, Tuesday March 23, 1897, Page 3

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Re: Arrest Of Jewellery Robbers

Post by Karen on Mon 25 Apr 2011 - 10:31

MR. SWANSON'S MISSING 500 POUNDS.

In spite of the denial given by Mr. Burden, the New York millionaire, to the statement made recently in the "Daily Mail," and from there cabled to New York, the reward offered by Mr. Burden for the recovery of his stolen jewellery has not yet been paid.
At all events Superintendent Swanson, of Scotland-yard, who is the superior of the English officers who made the arrests which led to the recovery of the jewels, has not had his share, which was to have been 500 pounds.

Source: Daily Mail, Friday April 2, 1897, Page 3

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