John Wheeler, Theft > burglary, Theft > burglary, 8th April 1719.

Reference Number: t17190408-1
Offences: Theft > burglary; Theft > burglary
Verdicts: Guilty
Punishments: Death

John Wheeler of St. Sepulchres , was indicted for breaking open the House of Samuel Mead in the Night time, and stealing thence 10 Pewter Dishes,36 Pewter Plates, a Brass Porridge Pot,2 Brass Stew-pans,&c. to the value of 5 l. on the 10th of January last, the Goods of the said Samuel Mead. The Prosecutor deposed that his House was broke open between twelve and five a Clock the Night aforesaid, and the Goods taken away, That the Prisoner being taken up about 6 Weeks after for another Robbery and committed to Newgate, sent for the Prosecutor, owned he robbed him, and told him where he had sold the Goods; that he got over the Wall into his Yard, took out a pane of Glass and open'd the Casement, so got into the Kitchen, then open'd the Street Door to let in his Companion, and took the Goods; that the Pewter was melted down, but the Pot was found, and own'd by the Prosecutor. Another Evidence deposed the Prisoner came to him, and desir'd him to fetch the Pot out of Pawn and buy it out-right, that it cost him 16 s. and 8 d. to redeem it, which he made up 30 s. to the Prisoner. The Prisoner denyed the breaking the House, and said that one Newman (since run away) broke the House; but own'd that he was in Smithfield and help'd off with the Goods.

He was a second time indicted for breaking open the House of Joshua Winsmore in the Night, and stealing thence a Silver Cup, a Silver Quartern Pot,3 Silver Spoons, and 2 Bags of Half-pence , the Goods of the said Mr. Winsmore, on the 4th of March last. The Prosecutor deposed the Prisoner had done Joyners Work for him in his House for about 6 Years; that he came there on the 3d of March last and conceal'd himself in a Back House till the Family was gone to Bed; that then he took out a pane of Glass and got into his House and took the Goods; that the Quartern Pot was taken upon him with the Lid broke off, and the Spoons found where he had pawn'd them: The Pawn-broker swore they were pawn'd to him by the Prisoner, and the Prosecutor that they were the same he had lost. Upon the whole the Jury found him Guilty of both Indictments . Death .

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