From the Richmond Dispatch, 8/15/1864, p.1, c. 6

Recovery of Stolen Bacon. – On Thursday last, a free negro fellow, named Alexander Johnson, living in Manchester, obtained a warrant to search the house of another negro, named Phoebe Wooddy, whom he suspected of stealing a trunk from his room. Constable Spencer Hancock was entrusted with the execution of the warrant, but upon instituting a search of Phoebe’s house, he failed to find said trunk. Subsequently Mr. Hancock had an intimation that Johnson, himself, was suspected of committing several robberies, and accordingly he went to his room, where he found hid away about six hundred dollars’ worth of stolen bacon. Johnson at first denied that he had dishonestly come into possession of the bacon, but afterwards owned that it was stolen.

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