Offence: Theft > burglary
Verdict: Guilty; Not Guilty
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Thomas Jones and Thomas Smith were both tried for Felony and Burglary in breaking the House of Matthew Darney in St. Martins in the Fields on the 14th of June last, and taking away 4 Pewter-dishes value 10s. 4 Plates, 2 Candlesticks, a Brass Pestle and a Morter, &c. Mrs. Darnay swore that the Shop-door was broke open in the Night-time about Two a Clock, and the Goods were taken away; the Door was fast lockt on the Over-night, but found open in the Morning, and the Goods were found in a cellar in a Wood-yard in the custody of the Prisoner in Long-Acre, where they were, which was declared by the Constable; and Smith was stopt with the Goods upon his back going away with them in the aforesaid Cellar, which Goods were owned by Mrs. Darney, and the Key of the Shop was dropt upon the ground in the Cellar, which Mrs. Darney owned to be hers. Jones denied the Fact, Smith produced a Paper, in which he pretended that the Goods were given him by one Mrs. Stoner to carry to the Hay-Market to her Husband, and going along the Street he was stopt; but this appeared to be all false; So he was found guilty of Felony and Burglary: But there was no Evidence that could bring the matter home upon Jones; so he was acquitted ; but not without suspicion of being a very ill Fellow, &c.