In the “London Chronicle” dated December 18th. 1812 was the following report about Boston.
“Several daring burglaries have been committed in this town, within these few days back, which call for the most vigilant activity to discover the perpetrators, and arrest the progress of this increasing enormity.
On Sunday night the mail-coach office and warehouse at the White Hart were broken into, and a box belonging to Mr. Oates, upholsterer, despoiled of 120 yards of bombazeen, worth about £25. The robbers, after extracting the contents, filled the box with rubbish, ice, etc. and nailed it up leaving it where it was. They served a box of Mr. Jackson, silversmith, in the same way, after extracting the contents, value £32. Three crimson shawls, and other articles were also taken from a parcel belonging to Mr. Fuller, silk mercer, in Bargate, and Mr. Smith of Spilsby had a valuable parcel robbed at the same time.
On the same evening, or early yesterday morning, the counting house of Mr. Samuel Burnard, High Street, was broken into by some infamous villains, who fortunately were disappointed of their object, and forced to make a precipitated retreat, leaving part of a pick-lock key in the desk, which they were attempting to break open”.