Offence: Theft > burglary
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John Ray was tryed for breaking open the House of John Dellafountain , of the Parish of S. Giles in the Fields , on the 30 of October , in the Night-time, and taking thence a Brazeil Cabinet, value 8 l. in which divers Letters were inclosed . Upon Evidence it appeared, That from an empty House the Prisoner and his Confederates got to the Tops of the adjacent Houses, and entred the House of the Prosecutor at a Garrat-Window, but being discovered and pursued they fled by the same way they came, and in the empty House had broke the Cabinet in pieces, in hopes of a Booty when upon Search the Prisoner was found a considerable heighth in one of the Chimneys. He denyed the Fact upon Tryal, saying, he being destitute of a Lodging, betook himself to that House, and hearing a suddain Noise, hid himself, as not knowing what it meant: But this being looked upon as frivolous Excuses, and he giving no good Account of himself, the Jury found him Guilty of the Burglary and Fellony.