Thomas Knight, Theft > shoplifting, 13th January 1721.

Reference Number: t17210113-9
Offence: Theft > shoplifting
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

Thomas Knight , of St. Margaret in Westminster , was indicted for privately stealing 29 Snuff Boxes, 16 Tooth-pick-Cases, 3 Womens Equipages, 2 pair of Pearl Tossels, 2 pair of Ear Rings, 30 Rings, 12 pair of Gold Buttons, 8 Tweezer-Cases, 9 pair of Gold Buckles, 8 Gold Chains, 17 Gold and Diamond Rings, 1 pair of Silver Spurs, &c. in all to the value of 666 l. 5 s. in the Shop of William Deard , on the 23d of December last. The Prosecutor deposed, that he being sent for, found his Shop broke open and his Goods gone; that he found the Prisoner in the Custody of a Constable; that he got a search Warrant, and found most of the other Goods in the Prisoner's Lodging, that the Prisoner confest the Fact before the Justice, and said that he broke open the Shop with an Augre, which he had left in the Shop, and which the Prosecutor produced in Court. T. Wix deposed, that the Prisner bought the Augre produced, of him. Jeremiah Lowen (the former Evidence's Servant) confirmed the same. Thomas Bird deposed, that he was sent for by the Goldsmith who stopt the Prisoner, to Search his Lodgings, where he found a Chest of Goods, which were produced in Court, and swore to by the Prosecutor. Mr. Mottier deposed, that the Prisoner came to sell a parcel of broken Gold Toys; but he having heard that the Prosecutor had been robb'd stopt the Prisoner, and sent for the Prosecutor, who owned them. Elizabeth Wilks deposed, that the Prisoner gave her a pair of Buttons which were owned by the Prosecutor. The Prisoner's Confession before the Justice was read in Court, wherein he owned that he broke open the Prosecutor's Shop in the Court of Requests, and took the Goods. The Prisoner in his Defence urged that it could not be privately stealing, because it was in the Night, but was told it was the more private for that; and that it was not a Shop but a Stall: He also called several to his Reputation, who gave him a very good Character. But the Fact being fully proved upon him, and confessed also by himself, the Jury found him Guilty . Death .


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