The olden days …

… when the police caught thieves and recovered property.

Utility and Vigilance of the City Police. — On Saturday morning, at about eight o’clock, a girl named Ann Harold, absconded with some valuable clothes the property of Mr Hannan, Catherine-streeet, Classical Teacher, to whom she was servant; and intimation of the robbery being immediately given to the police, who were all on the alert, that most indefatigable and successful “terror of evil doers”, Serjeant Reidy, discovered and arrested an associate of Harold’s from whom it was ascertained that she had sailed on board the packet for Dublin, on Saturday evening. On which Joseph Wilson, of the city police, with an alacrity and quickness not to be surpassed, set off for Killaloe, where from his activity, intelligence and knowledge of the country, he succeeded in apprehending the thief, and recovering all the stolen property, except what she had pawned and brought her into Limerick on Sunday evening, where she is now safely lodged to abide the fiat of the Recorder on Tuesday.

Clonmel Herald 12 July 1834 quoting the Limerick Star

Moral: if there’s no transport on Sundays, don’t time your getaway for Saturday evening.

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