Joseph Montisano, William Tavis, Theft > burglary, Theft > housebreaking, 10th December 1707.

Reference Number: t17071210-6
Offences: Theft > burglary; Theft > housebreaking
Verdicts: Guilty
Punishments: Death

Joseph Montisano alias Joseph Day , and William Tavis , were both Indicted for breaking open the dwelling House of David Martin , in the Parish of St. Bartholomew the Exchange , and taking from thence a Gold striking Watch, value 35 l. a Gold Chain set with Agat Stones, value 10 l. a Gold Hook 5 l. 5 lac'd Head-dresses 5 l. 6 Tea Spoons, a Bed-Quilt, with other Things, the Goods of the said David Martin, on the 26th of September last . They were a second time Indicted for breaking open the dwelling-House of John Salter , and taking from thence a Silver Tankard, value 50 s. on the second of October last . The Prosecutor to the first depos'd, That his House was broken open and the Goods taken away, on the 26th of September, about 8 at Night, and upon enquiry, understood that there was a Gang that haunted that quarter of the Town, consisting of four, viz. of Low, and Jones, and the Prisoners; That he took Jones and made him an Evidence against the rest. Jones depos'd, that himself and Prisoners, on the 26th of September, went into Angel Court , and observing a Sash Window not to be close, Montisano propos'd to stand upon his Shoulders, and lift up the Sash and go in, which he did accordingly, while Martin stood at the end of the Court as a Scout; that Montisano threw out a great parcel of Linnen bundled up in a Quilt, and brought out with him the Watch, Chain, &c. all which they sold, and shar'd the Mony among 'em. The Evidence to the second was likewise Jones, who depos'd, that himself and Prisoners being in Leaden-hall-street , look'd over the Prosecutor's Pales, and espy'd a Tankard in the Window, they observing the Prosecutor's Wife and Maid to come to the Door, at the same time Montisano leap'd over the

Pales, cut out four Quarries of Glass, reach'd in his Hand, and drew out the Tankard, and went off with it. The Evidence being positive, and the Prisoners saying little for themselves, the Jury found them both Guilty of both Indictments.

[Death. See summary.]


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