Offences: Theft > burglary; Theft > housebreaking; Theft > housebreaking
Verdicts: Guilty; Guilty; Guilty
Punishments: Death; Death > respited for pregnancy
John Smith , alias Mackentosh , of the Parish of St. Martin in the Fields , was indicted for breaking open the House of Randal Lee , in the Night time, on the 20th of May last; between 12 and 1, no body being in the House . The Prosecutor depos'd, That coming to Town late that Night, when he went home, he found two Watchmen at the Door, and his House broke open; and upon Search the Prisoner was found in the Cellar, with a Chissel, a Dark Lanthorn, and a Bundle of Matches. The Watchmen depos'd to the same Purpose. The Prisoner only saying he was very much in Drink, and coming by, fell into the Cellar, the Jury found him Guilty of Burglary.
He was a second Time indicted by the Name of John Mackentosh , alias Cowper , of the Parish of St. Anne Westminster , for breaking and entering the House of John Chetwind , Esq; on the 31st of August last, and taking thence a Silver Embroider'd Cloth Coat, value 15 l. a Gold embroider'd Wastcoat, value 20 l. and divers other Goods, to a very great Value, from the said John Chetwind Esq; no Person being in the House . The first Evidence swore, That he
He was a third Time indicted by the Name of John Mackentosh , of the Parish of St. Giles in the Fields , Labourer, together with Mary Powell , of the same Parish, Spinster , for breaking the House of Sir Richard Reynolds , Bart. on the 2d of August last, and stealing thence an Iron Chest, value 4 l. 1 Diamond Necklace, value 200 l. the Goods of the said Sir Richard Reynolds. Sir Richard's Servant depos'd, That he came out of his Master's House about 4 a Clock in the Afternoon of the said Day and double lock'd the Door. Another Evidence depos'd, That about 1 a Clock at Night (being Moon-light) he saw 4 Persons carrying along an Iron Chest to a House in Newton's Lane, 2 of them were the Prisoners, and then inform'd a Constable of it, who coming with some Assistants to the House could not perswade the Prisoner (Mary Powell) whose Voice they heard to open the Door; but breaking it open found the Chest there. After which they had it cry'd. Mrs. Seymour (who kept the Key of the Door in the Family's Absence) swore, That a Neighbour told her, an Iron Chest was cry'd, which made her believe it was Sir Richard Reynolds's, and going into his House found the Chest gone; whereupon she went to the Place where the Chest was, and said it was Sir Richard's, who, coming to Town, open'd it with the Key which was in his Pocket. The Fact appearing very plain, and the Prisoners making a very trifling Defence, the Jury found them both Guilty of Felony and Burglary .