• Belfast Between The Wars

BELFAST TRAIN MYSTERY: 300 WATCHES FOUND IN HANDBAG UNDER EMPTY CARRIAGE SEAT

Belfast Telegraph, Saturday 8th March 1930


NO ONE CLAIMS OWNERSHIP


Customs officials on duty at the G.N.R. station, Dundalk, on Friday evening found 300 watches in an unclaimed suit-case, and they took possession of it pending further enquiries.


The discovery was made in a vacant first-class compartment by Customs Officers Clancy and O’Doherty, who were on their customary rounds of inspection of the train after its arrival from Belfast.


The suit-case was found underneath the seat, and as no one came forward to claim ownership, the authorities took possession of it.


On opening the bag it was found to be full of watches of various sizes and descriptions.


There was considerable speculation as to whether this was an attempt at smuggling. If so, it was done to extraordinary fashion.


On the other hand, there is a possibility of the suit-case being lost or over-carried property.


It appears that the only clue to the mystery is a cloakroom ticket, and it has not yet yielded any result.


Although it was originally stated that the watches were value for £1,000, their exact value has not yet been determined.