William Smith, John Wright, Theft > burglary, Theft > grand larceny, 11th September 1717.
William Smith and John Wright of St. Martin's in the Fields , were indicted for breaking open the Dwelling-house of John Knights in the Night-time, the 13th of August last, and taking thence a Copper-pots, value 20 s.12 pewter Dishes val.40 s. and other Goods, together with his License for selling Drink, and a general Release . The Prosecutor
deposed. That about 2 a Clock in the morning his Wife hearing a Noise, told him, She fear'd they were robb'd, that she getting out of Bed, went down, and found his Door broken open, and saw two Men in a Court, but they got away, setting down the Pots for him, as he supposed, to over coming along, so they got off, but were afterwards taken in another Robbery, and at their Apprehension his and Release found in Smith's Pocket and a Handkerchief; and put of the Goods were found at a Broker's, by the Information Wright had given, who had confesed the whole Matter before the Justice. Smith pretended he found the and Release in Covent Garden. He was an old Offender, having pleaded his Majesty's Pardon last December. The Jury found them both Guilty of the Indictment.
Will. Smith was indicted a 2d time for stealing a Diaper val.5 s. and other Goods from William Cassel the 20th of August last. But the Proof not being positive against him he was acquitted .
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