Thomas Rogers, Theft > pocketpicking, Miscellaneous > returning from transportation, 25th May 1721.

Reference Number: t17210525-1
Offences: Theft > pocketpicking; Miscellaneous > returning from transportation
Verdicts: Guilty; Guilty
Punishments: Death

Thomas Rogers , alias Cane , of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate , was indicted for privately stealing a Silk-Handkerchief value 2 s. from the Person of Sarah Socket , on the 29th of April last. The Prosecutor deposed, that as she was going into Hounsditch she met 3 Men and a Woman; that the Prisoner snatched her Handkerchief off her Neck, and wrapt it round his Finger; that she was sure he was the same Person, for she saw him plainly when he took it, and that he was not out of her sight till he was taken: that he offered her a Crown to let him go; which she refused, then told her that he would give her an India Handkerchief for it; but she reply'd, that she would not let him go unless he would give her her own again. Edward Poney deposed, that he hearing the Prosecutor cry stop Thief, stopt the Prisoner, who then told him that the Prosecutor had pickt his pocket of a Crown, whereupon he bid him go back and take it of her; that he pretended to be drunk; that he made what Resistance he could, but he secured him till the Prosecutor came up; when he offer'd her a Crown to make it up. The Prisoner denied the Fact, but called none to his Reputation, and the Evidence being very positive that he was the Person, the Jury found him Guilty . Death .

He was a second time indicted on the late Act of Parliament for the more Effectual Transporting of Felons, Ec. For that he having been formerly Convicted of a Felony, and Transported among other Convicts from Newgate for the same, had returned into Great Britain without any Lawful Cause , which being fully proved upon him, the Jury found him Guilty of this Indictment also.


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