I found this article in the Police section of "The Times" of London, 6 Feb 1855. Perhaps it will be of use to one of you.
"Thomas DEVERELL, 19, described as a soldier, was indicted for fraudulently obtaining by false pretences from Walter Yonge a gold watch and three gold chains, of the value of 26 l., his property, with intent to defraud him of the same, and also for obtaining by false pretences, with like intent, three sets of gold studs, &c., from Edward Whistler. He pleaded "Guilty."
The prisoner was in the service of Mr. Glenny, of 152 Strand, outfitter, as shopman, and on the 19th of January he was sent out on business, but did not return. He procured the property mentioned in the indictment by representing that he had been sent for it by Mr. Glenny, which was untrue. The prisoner was apprehended at a recruiting depot, in Duke street, Westminster, on the 26th, by Pocock, a detective sergeant of the F division.
Mr. H. GIFFARD, for the prisoner, having mentioned the curcumstances, urged that it was not a case for full punnishment; the prisoner gave one of the chains to a young woman, in whose posession it was found, and since he had enlisted in the 17th Lancers, and was anxious to join his regiment. The prosecutor was disposed to recommend him to mercy, and, if the Court would sentence him to a short imprisonment, he would after that be more efficiently employed in the service of his country in the Crimea than by undergoing a punishment in prison here.
The Assistant Justice said the Court regarded the case as one in which some lenity could be shown, but still there was a rule from which it would not do to depart. The sentence was that the prisoner be kept at hard labour for six callendar months."
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