“On Christmas Day, Mr Cole Northall, a butcher, of the Delph, Brierley Hill, near Birmingham, left home with his family in the afternoon.
“On returning at nine in the evening he discovered that the house had been entered by thieves.
“It was found that some dressing drawers upstairs had been opened by a chisel, and that £15 in gold and £8 9s in silver had been taken. A silver watch had been taken.
“A dog left in the house was also missing.”
Source: Liverpool Mercury, 1 January 1858