Dublin Police Act, 1842

Persons convicted of having or conveying stolen goods liable to penalty or imprisonment.

53. Every person who shall be brought before any of the divisional justices charged with having in his possession, or on his premises with his knowledge, or conveying in any manner any thing which may be reasonably suspected of being stolen or unlawfully obtained, and who shall not give an account to the satisfaction of such justice how he came by the same, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof before such justice or justices shall be liable to a penalty not more than five pounds, or, in the discretion of the justice, may be imprisoned in any gaol or house of correction within the police district, with or without hard labour, for any time not exceeding two calendar months.