Offence: Theft > animal theft
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Elias Smith , of the Parish of St. Mary Islington , was Indicted for stealing one Gelding, value 4 l. on the 2d. of August last, from Robert Armer of the same Parish. The Evidence against the Prisoner was Armer himself, &c. who deposed that his Horse used to go into St. Georges Fields to Feed, and missing of him, he found him in Smithfield exposed to Sale by the Prisoner and another person. The Prisoner in his Defence, owned that he had bought the Horse of one Phillip Stanes who owed him Money, and that he over-took him with the Horse going to Chelmsford, and that the Prisoner offered the Horse to Sale to an Inn-keeper at Rumford, but refused (or was shie) to Tole for the Horse, and being pursued be fled, with other aggravating Circumstances: And not being able to give a good Account of himself, he was found Guilty of Felony.