Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
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Thomas Reeves of the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields , was indicted for Assaulting and Robbing Archibal Steward in the King's Highway, on the 29th of November . last, and taking from him 44 Ells of Holland, value 3 l. 40 Yards of Muslin 16 l. 4 Yards of Cambrick 40 s. with other Goods of John Thomson 's . It appeared that he came to the Prosecutor's Shop, pretending that he came from a Lady who had occasion for some Linnen, which was bundled up. The Prosecutor and his man went with him into Long-Acre to find this pretended Lady, and being come the Prisoner said he had forgot the Lady's Name, and had him to take those things home again. They parted, and Mr. Thomson had the Boy carry them home whilst he went into Bedfordbury; and as the Boy was going with the things, the Prisoner ran after him and told him that he had found the Lady's House. The Boy going back with him into a Court, the Prisoner catch'd hold of him by the Throat and almost Strangled him, and in the mean time the Goods were gone, and the Prisoner ran away, but was taken; the Jury found him guilty .