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
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.
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
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
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
has already been once in the penitentiary for grand larceny.