Offences: Theft > burglary; Theft > burglary; Theft > housebreaking
Verdicts: Guilty; Guilty; Not Guilty; Guilty; Not Guilty
Punishments: Death; Miscellaneous > branding
Henry Cockale , Richard Clare , Robert Andrews , John Wilkinson , Mary Cockale , Mary Wilkinson , and Margaret Collins , of the Parish of Stepney , were indicted, the Men as Principals, and the Women as Accessaries after the Fact, for breaking the Dwelling house of Francis Roberts , and stealing thence 17 Cheeses, value 50 s. on the 31st of May last. It was sworn, That the Cellar-Plank was broke between 11 and 12 a Clock in the Night, and the Cheeses taken away. That Collins being seen in the Street with 2 Cheeses under her Arm, was suspected, and follow'd to her Room, where almost all the Cheeses were found, and all the Prisoners, with one more, who becoming an Evidence, swore, That he and the four Men-Prisoners broke the Cellar, Stole the Cheeses, and carry'd them to Collin's Room, who sold some of them knowing them to be stole; whereupon the Jury found all the Men guilty of Burglary, and Collins Accessary ; but the other two were acquitted .
They were a second time indicted for breaking the House of Thomas Alan , on the 19th of May last, in the Night-time , and stealing thence 8 Stone of Beef . The Prosecutor swore that his Cellar was broke, and he lost the Beef out of his Powdring-Tub ; and an Accomplice swore the Men-Prisoners and he did the Fact, and carry'd the Beef to Collin's, who sold part of it for 2 d. a Pound; whereupon they were found guilty as before.
Cockale, was a third time indicted for breaking the House of George Stabler , and stealing thence 7 Pair of Flaxen Sheets , on the 8th of November, in the 11th Year of the late Queen : But the Jury not being satisfy'd with the evidence, he was acquitted .