A man named James Stanley, having offered on fair day a gold Geneva watch for sale, to Mr. Wyatt, a silversmith, here, under suspicious circumstances, first offering to sell it for 6l. and then for 4l., he was taken before a magistrate in the borough, who remanded him for a week, to give the police time to make enquiries, and to report the same in the police gazette, and hue and cry; should no claimant then appear, the man will be discharged, and the watch given to him.
The prisoner, who is one of the gipsy tribe, stated that he exchanged a pony for the watch, with a person at Portsea, and at present there appears to be some truth in his story.
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Salisbury and Winchester Journal - Saturday, 1st September 1849
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