Friday, August 12, 2016

Post Office robbery in Roma - 1886

Western Star and Roma Advertiser (Toowoomba), 
Wednesday 14 April 1886, page 2

Post Office Robberies in Roma

We take the following from the Courier, being report of the Police Court proceedings in Brisbane on Monday last:

Samuel R. Pope, a youth 17 years of age, who had been engaged as a letter carrier at the General Pest Office at Roma, was charged with having, in July last, stolen £20 from a registered letter, the property of the Postmaster-General. Inspector Lewis prosecuted.

Detective Grimshaw, deposed, that in consequence of something he heard went in search of the accused on Sunday, whom he found in Mr. Smith's house, Wellington street, off Petrie-terrace; he said to the accused that he was suspected of stealing two £10 notes of the Commercial Bank of Sydney out of a registered letter in the Post Office at Roma, in the month of July last, the money of the Postmaster-General; the accused replied that he knew nothing about it; witness then asked the accused if he had a purse or money on him, and he replied that he had got a purse ; the accused then pulled a purse out of his pocket and handed it to witness, and in reply to witness said the purse and its contents were his; witness found in the purse two £10 notes of the Commercial Bank of Sydney; from the way the notes were folded, witness would say that they had been in the purse for some considerable time, and were folded to fit the compartment of the purse in which he found them; in answer to witness's question as to how he came by the money, the accused replied, "I know nothing about it; it was not in my purse this morning"; the number of the notes corresponded to the number of the notes said to have been stolen at Roma; witness then arrested the accused on the above charge. At this stage the accused was remanded until the 15th instant.