From the Derbyshire Times, 30th April 1881:
A STRUGGLE WITH A THIEF
On Monday noon an impudent till robbery was committed by a tramp, at the shop of Jabez H. Walker, grocer, Unstone. Whilst Mr Walker was at dinner the tramp entered the shop without ringing the door bell, and took from the till its contents, amounting to £1 6s. 6d. But on going out of the shop he accidentally rang the bell, and Mr Walker entered the shop as he was going out at the door. He was asked what he wanted, and replied half an ounce of tobacco. This was supplied, for which he tendered sixpence in payment and Mr Walker going to the till for change discovered the robbery, which he charged the prisoner with committing.
The prisoner went away to the Fleur de Lis Inn, where he was followed by Mr Walker. He acknowledged taking the money, which he gave to Mr Walker, but on being informed that he would not be allowed to leave the place he took out a large clasp knife, and made a violent attempt to force his way out of the room. The door of the room was, however, secured, and finding his escape cut off, he attempted, after doing some damage in the room, to jump through the window, one or two of the panes of which he first destroyed. Whilst attempting to jump out, a man on the road threw a cinder, which struck him on the head, knocking him down insensible. He was then secured, his hands being tied with a rope, until the arrival of Inspector Spencer, of Dronfield, who took him to the Dronfield Police Station. He gave the name of George Jones, but refused to give his address.
He had an accomplice, who stood outside Mr Walker’s shop at the time Jones went in and committed the robbery, and who it is said went to the Fleur de Lis Inn and asked to be admitted to the room where Jones had been secured. Inspector Spencer, with praiseworthy promptitude, went in search for him, and ultimately apprehended him in Dronfield. He gave the name of Jack Curtis, said he was an Irishman, but refused to say where he hailed from. On being searched a large knife with long blade and sharp point, similar to the one taken from Jones, was found upon him. He professed to have no knowledge of Jones.
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