THE prisoner Rippon proved to be one of those faithless servants, who watch the opportunity of robbing their employers. Pollard was a working jeweller—the receiver of the stolen property. They were indicted, the former for stealing, the latter for receiving, knowing them to be stolen, a box, containing a quantity of jewels, the property of Lady Elizabeth Campbell.
It appeared in evidence, that her Ladyship, in September last, was removing from her house in Brook-street, Grosvenor square, to her new residence in Sloane-street; and that in removing some part of her property, her Ladyship's carriage was employed, and also a hackney coach, of which the prisoner Rippon was the driver. In the course of this business her Ladyship's maid, with the aid of the manservant, had brought down to the hall some trunks of wearing apparel, and other small articles, belonging to her Ladyship, in order to be put into the prisoner's coach, and among the rest a small box, containing some valuable rings and other jewels, which, it was proved by the man-servant, were put into the prisoner's coach, but afterwards were missing. Inquiry for their recovery from the prisoner having been made without effect, they were advertised in the newspapers, and a reward offered for their restoration.
In a short time afterwards, William La Rouche, a journeyman jeweller, then in the employment of the prisoner Pollard who was a working jeweller, and then resided in the vicinity of Soho, as it appeared from the evidence of the former, heard his employer reading the advertisement at his own house, which described the jewels, and offered the reward for them; and very shortly afterwards, on the same evening, the wife of the prisoner Rippon, who lodged in Pollard's house, came down stairs to his workshop, and asked some questions about the value and price of setting certain jewels, answering the description of those mentioned in the indictment; and after she left the room, he saw the prisoner Pollard again reading the advertisement, and heard him remark, "that he believed all those jewels were upstairs," meaning, as he understood, in possession of the prisoner Rippon's wife. He heard no more of them until next day, when he saw in the workshop several of those jewels, together with the gold settings from which they had been taken; and particularly a blood stone, which was afterwards re-set in a gold broach, for Rippon: and a malachite stone, which Pollard had broken into three pieces, in his endeavours to extricate it from the setting.
William Jones, a dealer in antiques, Castle-street, Leicester-fields, also proved some of the jewels which had been sold to him by Pollard; and, amongst others, a curious antique Cameo-ring, with a relief of Cleopatra's head, surrounded in the gold setting with an asp, the eyes of which were small diamonds, and which he took from that setting, and fixed in another—and for which he gave Pollard two guineas and a half. The other jewels were disposed of by Pollard to other persons, who had sold them, and they could not be produced in evidence.
The Recorder summed up the evidence for the jury, who found both the prisoners Guilty.—Transportation.