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Hotel thieves caught.

--Two hotel named respectively Meriwether Quarles and Chas Gentry, were caught at the Linwood House on Wednesday night under the following circumstances. For several days past the parties named have been putting up at the Linwood under assumed names, as it turns out, Each night they would request the clerk to have them aroused the next morning in time for the 4 o'clock Petersburg train. Wednesday night, on retiring, they left the same direction with the clerk. They occupied the same room with Mr. John F. Smith and James J. Coakley, they sleeping in bed, and the other gentlemen . Between twelve and ten o'clock Mr. Coakley, who chanced to be awoke quietly which Mr. Smith was keeping, and after apparently, taking something from under the pillow of the sleepless to his own bed. Mr. Coakley quiet thinking the thief would next pay him a visit, but the light passed without much an occurrence. Quarles and Gentry being waked by the servants early in the morning, got up and began to dress, when Mr. Coakley also arose, and rousing Mr. Smith, told him what he had seen during the night, and asked him to examine his pocket back and see whether he had not been robbed. On examination Mr. Smith found that all his money, amounting to sixty two dollars, had been stolen Mr. Coakley then roused the clerk of the hotel and insisted on having Quarles and Gentry searched, an operation which was about being carried into effect when Quarles confessed that he had the money, and pulling it out of his pocket handed it to its owner. He then offered the clerk of the hotel, Mr. Wright, a roll of notes, amounting to a hundred and eighty odd dollars, if he would let him go, saying that he was very anxious to go to Petersburg. Officer Davis being sent for took both the parties into custody. On the approach of the officer, Gentry attempted to destroy a passport, on which it is presumed he intended to travel. It was filled up with some other name.

The case was brought before the Mayor yesterday morning, who sent the prisoners on to be tried before the Hustings Court. These young men are both natives of Richmond. Some months ago they were tried and acquitted by the Hustings Court on the charge of stealing a roll of cotton cloth from the dry goods store of T. D. Quarles. Quarles has already been once in the penitentiary for grand larceny.

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