Richard Bushel, John Crabb, Theft > burglary, 10th December 1712.

Reference Number: t17121210-48
Offence: Theft > burglary
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

Richard Bushel and John Crabb of the Parish of St. Giles in the Fields , were indicted for breaking the House of Francis Annesley . Esq ; on the 13th of August last, and stealing thence Gold Medals, and other Gold, Jewels Money, and Bills, to a very great value . It was prov'd that Bushel was Servant to the Prosecutor, and that he was entrusted with the House when his Master was out of Town, and that he being so out of Town on the Day aforesaid, Crab was seen to come after Nine at Night to the House, and enquire for one of the Maids, and then go into the Parlour to Bushel; and in the Morning a Room and two Scrutores were broken and Bushel gone. Another Witness swore, that she saw Crabb in the House when she went to Bed, and that he came no more after that Night. Mr. Annesley being inform'd of this, put out Bills, and sent Intelligence to the Customhouse Officers at all the Ports, by which means they were after sometime seiz'd in Wales, and committed to Caermarthen Goal; from whence being brought by a Habeas Corpus to Town, they confess'd the whole Matter to the Prosecutor and another Gentleman. Bushel said, that Crabb ask'd him for a Bottle of Wine, which he could not give him, the Key of the Wine-Cellar being in his Master's Scrutore; and thereupon Crabb got a Key to open the Scrutore, and by that means induc'd him to be concern'd in the Robbery. But Crabb in his Defence said Bushel set him to work to make a Picklock Key, and was the first Contriver of the Fact. The Jury finding the Matter so very plain, found them both guilty of Felony and Burglary.

[Death. See summary.]


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