Offences: Theft > theft from a specified place; Theft > theft from a specified place; Theft > theft from a specified place; Theft > grand larceny; Theft > theft from a specified place
Verdicts: Guilty; Guilty; Guilty; Guilty; Guilty
John Panton Carbonet , and Joseph Barbamine , of the Parish of St. Stephen Coleman-street , were indicted for stealing two Guineas and two Shillings in Silver, out of the Dwelling-house of Mary Meakins , on the 24th of March last. It appear'd That Mrs. Meakins keeping the Star-Tavern in Coleman-street , the Prisoners drank two Pints of Wine there, and ask'd to change a Guinea; which the Drawer going to get done for them; two of them follow'd him into the Room behind the Bar, and when Mrs. Meakins turn'd her Money out of a Bag to change , they put their Hands in, pretending to look for half Guineas, and she did give them 6 half Guineas for 3 Guineas , and they went their way; but when she told her Money over, she miss'd that in the Indictment, and was very positive there could be no other Persons take it but the Prisoners; who being afterwards taken for a like Fact , were brought to the Star Tavern, in order to go before Sir William Withers , where the Drawer knew them, and swore positively they were the Persons, two of whom went into the Room behind the Bar, and the other stood in the Bar while they did the Business. They had nothing to say in their Defence, but that they paid their Reckoning , were bid welcome, and went away unsuspected; which not being sufficient, they were found guilty of the Indictment.
They were a second time indicted for stealing two Moid'ors , a Double Pistole, two Half-Broad-pieces, and 18 d. in Silver, the Money of John Tomkins , out of the House of Stephen Foster in Cateaton-street , on the 21st of March last. The Evidence swore, That the Prisoners came pretending to buy some Cloth at Mr. Foster's Warehouse, and had bargain'd for some, which they where to come in the Afternoon for; but as they were going away, one of them pull'd a 5 l. Piece of Gold out of the Pocket, and ask'd the Witness what it was; who turning some Gold out of a Bag to weigh it against 5 Guineas, one of the Prisoners thrust his Hand among the Money, pretending to seek for his 5 l. Piece, while the other two had their Hands busy about it. The Witness was a little surpriz'd at their Actions, bid them keep their Hands off, return'd their Piece of Gold, and they went away; after which telling his Money, that
Carbonet and were a third time indicted for stealing 12 Moid'ers, the Money of Samuel Cook , out of the Dwelling-house of Mr. Shale, on the 26th of Feb. 1711 . The Prosecutor swore, That the Prisoners came into Mr. Shales's Shop, and ask'd to change a 5 l. Piece; which he turning out a Bag upon the Counter to do, they thrust their Hands into the Money, pretending to look for half Guineas; and when they were gone, he miss'd the Moid'ors, and was positive none could take 'em but they. They deny'd they were the Persons; but the Witness was positive, and they were found guilty .
They two were a fourth time indicted for stealing 20 s. and a half Guinea , from Tho Lawford , on the 30th of May, 1711 . who swore, That they came into the Shop in Cheapside , and bought 3 Neckcloths; and then ask'd him to change a 5 l. Piece; which he putting out his Bag to do, they pretended to look for half Guineas, and when he came to tell his Money, miss'd that in the Indictment; and seeing Carbonel some Days ago in the Street, knew him and took him with the other two, whereby the rest of the Prosecutors had notice. This Fact being so plain upon them, they were found guilty .
Carbonet was a fifth time indicted for stealing two Moid'ors, a Guinea and a French Guinea, out of the Dwelling-house of Nath Newnham , on the 4th of November last. It appear'd by the Evidence, That the Prisoner came to ask Change for a Pistole, and afterwards for a 5 l. Piece; which he going into the back Shop to do, the Prisoner follow'd him, and got his Hand amongst the Money, which he put out of a Bag, from whence he miss'd the Pieces mention'd in the Indictment. This being also very clear, he was found guilty .