John Moor, Theft > grand larceny, Theft > theft from a specified place, 14th October 1719.
John Moor , alias James Murray , of St. Martin's in the Fields , was indicted for stealing a Gold Repeating Watch value 60 l. a plain Gold Watch value 20 l. and 18 Silver Watches value 90 l. on the 5th of September last, from Katharine Finch . He was indicted a second time for feloniously stealing a pair of Silver Buckles value 5 s, a Snuff-Box value 20 s. 2 Guineas value 2 l. 2 s. and 5 s. in Money number'd, the Goods and Money of Daniel Wood , in the House of Katharine Finch . It appeared that the prisoner lodged in the prosecutor's House about a Month, and pretending he lost his sight by a violent Fever three Years ago, but was not perfectly Dark, desired to set in the Shop in the Day time for his Diversion, and in the Evening one of the Servants used to go into his Chamber, where he used to tell pleasent Stories of
his Travels beyond Sea, till within 3 or 4 Nights before the Fact was committed, when he kept his Door shut; that about 6 a Clock the Morning aforesaid, one of the Servants came down Stairs and found the Doors open, whereupon he went up to Mr. Wood's Chamber to acquaint him, and for the Keys of the Shop; but when Mr. Wood felt for his Keys, he found his Pockets were pickt, and his Keys, Money and Goods mentioned in the Second Indictment gone; that they went to Mrs. Finch, who also kept Keys of the same Locks, for hers, and when they came into the Shop mist the Goods mentioned in the first Indictment; that they went up into the Prisoner's Lodging, but he was gone and his Portmanteau too; whereupon they concluded that he must be the and remembering his Stories of his Travels, concluded he would make the best way out of the Land with his Boory; wherefore Mr. Wood went down to Hungerford Stairs immediately, and after he had enquired among the Watermen there, took Boat, and call'd at the most noted Stairs be past along, describing and enquiring after the Prisoner, till he arrived at Gravesend, and not hearing of him there, he made but a short stay, and as he was coming Home he had the good luck to meet with the Waterman who carried the Prisoner from Billinsgate, and to whom in his Passage he told the journey he intended to take, viz. from chelensford to Harwich, and go over in the Paquet-Boat. That having got this Intelligence, tho' he met with several Obstacles and Disappointments, yet he made such Expedition in the Pursuit of him, that he came up with him at Hanwich before he could get off, and took him in a Coffee-house there with the Goods upon him. The Jury found him Guilty of both Indictments . Death .