Boots, 11 Leeming Street was broken into on the 17th August 1922. £40 worth of goods (around £2,500 in 2022) were taken including six gold wrist watches, 12 silver cigarette cases, three ladies’ silver vanity cases and one leather cigarette case. The burglars entered through the skylight from the yard of the Green Dragon pub and would have had to climb along the roof before removing a pane of glass . Once inside the building the thieves removed pictures so that they would not knock them and make a noise whilst crawling under them.
The police recovered some of the articles from pawnbrokers in Bulwell and Chesterfield, In December 1922, three Mansfield miners living in Belvedere Street and Princes Street were brought before the Mayor, Mr H. Daniel. The men were charged with larceny (theft of personal possessions, reduced from the more serious crime of shop breaking) and each sentenced to three months in prison with hard labour.
Information is from the Mansfield Reporter 25/8/1922 & 22/12/1922