Mary Granger, Sarah Lawson, Theft > pocketpicking, 12th October 1720.

Reference Number: t17201012-17
Offence: Theft > pocketpicking
Verdict: Not Guilty; Guilty
Punishment: Death

Mary Granger and Sarah Lawson of St. Mildred in the Poultry , were indicted for privately stealing two Gold Rings, two Diamond Rings, Garnets. &c. to the value of 18 l. on the 15th of September last. The Prosecutor deposed, that as he was going Home between 11 and 12 the Prisoners ask him to give them a Glass of Wine; that they went to Three Crains in the Poultry , where they pick his Pocket of the Goods mentioned in the Indictment; that his Box was found in Granger's Bosom, but the Rings, &c. were taken out of it, and upon searching her some were found that Night, others next Morning, that he had been at the other end of the Town, was a little merry but not drunk. Richard Evans deposed, that he was sent for, and when he came the Prosecutor said the Prisoners had robb'd him, that he took a Candle and look upon the Ground round Granger before she was search'd and there was nothing there then; that he found the Steal Box in her Bosom empty, and a Ring and some small Stones were found on the Ground after searching her, which were not there before; that the next Morning the rest of the Goods were brought (except 5 Diamonds and a Ring) wrapt up in her Handkerchief, and that the Prosecutor then owned the Goods but not the Handkerchief they were brought in. The Drawer at the Tavern deposed, that the Prosecutor came with the Prisoners to their House the Night aforesaid and that when they were going away, he knowing Granger to be an ill Woman, ask him if he had not lost any thing, and that he feeling in his Pockets said, yes, he had lost his Box with the Rings and Jewels in it, whereupon he shut the Door, brought them back and sent for a Constable; that the Constable took a Candle and lookt round them, and he saw him (the Constable) take the Box out of Granger's Bosom, and he found a Ring and same small Stones on the Ground. Another deposed, that the Prosecutor sent for him the next Morning, told him the Prisners had pickt his Pocket, and askt him to go before the Justice with him; that they went to the Star-Tavern in Coleman-Street, were part of the Goods were brought and deliver'd to him, particularly one Ring which he could swear to. That an old Woman, said to be Granger's Mother, brought them. The Jury considering the matter, acquitted Lawson, and found Granger Guilty of the Indictment. Death .


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