It means that robbery was one of the motives for the crime.
What the murderer did was to come here at midday, when there was nobody at the pavilion, and attempt his robbery.
What proves to you that a robbery has been committed?
Having, for some reason or other, taken off his boots, the murderer carried them in his hand and placed them by the side of the parcel he had made,--by that time the robbery had been accomplished.
If we do not know yet how the murderer succeeded in getting away, we can at any rate see how he came in and committed the robbery.
He entered into explanations, for which there was no need, as to why he had been led to believe that a robbery had been committed, which included the simultaneous discovery he had made in the lavatory, and the empty precious cabinet in the laboratory.
If that key never left Mademoiselle Stangerson, the murderer must have waited for her in her room for the purpose of stealing it; and the robbery could not have been committed until after the attack had been made on her.
The robbery," said the reporter, "could only have been committed before the attack upon Mademoiselle Stangerson in her room.
Not only have I never learnt who the thief was, but I have never heard even a word of the object of the robbery, doubtless because, in order to defeat the plans of the person who had robbed me, I myself brought these two inventions before the public, and so rendered the robbery of no avail.
He drew up a placard, offering Twenty Pounds reward for the apprehension of Stephen Blackpool, suspected of complicity in the robbery of Coketown Bank on such a night; he described the said Stephen Blackpool by dress, complexion, estimated height, and manner, as minutely as he could; he recited how he had left the town, and in what direction he had been last seen going; he had the whole printed in great black letters on a staring broadsheet; and he caused the walls to be posted with it in the dead of night, so that it should strike upon the sight of the whole population at one blow.
From the moment of that interchange of looks, they never uttered his name, or any reference to him, aloud; nor ever pursued the subject of the robbery, when Mr.
That young man, sir, that I have felt unbounded and unlimited confidence in, and always behaved to as if he was my equal--that young man has this morning committed a robbery
in my office, and been taken almost in the fact.