Offences: Theft > pocketpicking; Theft > grand larceny
Verdicts: Guilty; Not Guilty
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John Matthews , of St. Peters Poor , was indicted for privately stealing 24 Ounces of Hair value 3 l. the Goods of John Hains ; it appeared, that the Prisoner came to have his Wig oyl'd and powdered; and desired the Man to do it well, for he had rid above fifty Mile that Day; but he mistrusting of him, and watching him narrowly, saw him take the Hair and put it into his Pocket. But he making off, and drawing his Sword, the Prosecutor with others pursued him. They cry'd stop Thief, and so likewise did the Prisoner, but turning up a Court in Bartholomew Lane there was a Tavern, and they shut to the Doors upon the Prisoner: He was seen to take the Hair out of his Pocket and drop it on the Ground. The Constable swore to the same Effect; and the Prisoner calling none to his Reputation, the Jury found him Guilty . He was a Second Time indicted for stealing Two Peruques value 6 l. the Goods of Mark Newth : But the Evidence not being sufficient to Convict him he was acquitted .