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Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, No. 1781, Sunday, May 16, 1830.

Marlborough Street.

[Madame Vestris, Garland Charged, Theatre]

Thomas and Charles Garland, brothers, charged with a robbery at the house of Madame Vestris, the actress, underwent the final examination.
Eliza Lucy Vestris, deposed as follows:—I am a widow, and reside at No.1, Chapel-street, Mayfair. The prisoner Thomas Garland was in my service as foot boy, for about two months previous to the 27th day of April last. Between 11 and 12 o'clock in the forenoon of that day, the prisoner attended me with my carriage to Drury-lane Theatre, and left me there. I told him to return again for me with the carriage at a particular hour, but he never did. The coachman, however, brought the carriage at the appointed time, having been directed by the prisoner to do so. When I got into the carriage, I immediately missed my carriage-basket, in which I had left my purse, containing three Bank of England notes for 10l. each, several sovereigns, and some silver, together with a Bramah key. On my arrival home, I inquired for the prisoner, but he was nowhere to be found, and on going to my dressing-room, I missed from off my table there two valuable rings, one of which had cost me 15 guineas, and the other 10 guineas. The ring now produced is one of those I so missed, and is the most valuable of the two. When I got out of the carriage at the theatre, I took off a lace veil I wore, and gave it to the prisoner, desiring him to bring it to me again when he returned; but that also, I found when I got home, was gone. The one now produced it the same I lost, and cost me 12 guineas, but I do not now value it at more than about seven guineas. The three 10l. notes that I left in my purse were three of six notes for a like amount that I received in payment of a check from the banking house of Messrs. Morland and Co., in Pall-mall, and the money for the check was brought to me by the prisoner, whom I sent to the bank. From the time the prisoner absconded, I saw nothing of him until I saw him in custody at this Office. The other prisoner, Charles Garland, was in the habit of coming occasionally to my house with my permission, to assist his brother, and on one occasion was there for a week together.
William Henry Lamb, a clerk in the banking-house of Mr. Morland and Co., recollected paying to the prisoner Thomas Garland six notes of the Bank of England for 10l. each, and two sovereigns, as the amount of a check for 62l. The 3l. notes now produced where three of the six notes he so paid to the prisoner.
Other witnesses were examined, and the case was clearly proved.
The prisoner declined saying anything, and they were fully committed to Newgate for trial, and Madame Vestris and the other witnesses bound over to prosecute.