Jane Martin, Theft > shoplifting, Deception > fraud, 4th December 1723.

Reference Number: t17231204-26
Offences: Theft > shoplifting; Deception > fraud
Verdicts: Guilty; Guilty
Punishments: Death > respited for pregnancy

Jane Martin , alias Turner , of the Parish of St. Giles Cripplegate , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Silver Cup, value 50 s. in the Shop of John Johnson , the 5th of December, 1722 . The Prosecutor's Wife depos'd, That the Prisoner once came and pawn'd a Ring to her, and came and redeemed it. Afterwards came again, and said, Her Husband was in danger of Trouble, and brought two Bundles, which she said were two pieces of Holland, worth 12 l. and borrow'd a Guinea and a half; and at that Time pretended to buy a Cup for an antient Gentlewoman, and she showing her one, the Prisoner told her, that she was a Milliner, kept a Shop in Bow-Lane, and she was to send the Cup there. After the Prisoner was gone she presently missed the Cup, and going to enquire for her, she could not hear of any such Person; and coming home again examined the Bundles, and found they were nothing but Rags made up artificially, with Tickets with Strings like Pieces of Holland. That she could not hear of her till lately, that she heard she was taken up and sent to New Prison for another Fact. The Prisoner pleaded, She had the Cup delivered to her by the Prosecutor with a bill of Parcels, so that it was no more than a Debt. But this was contradicted by the Prosecutor and her Maid; and she calling none to her Reputation, the Jury found her guilty of the Indictment. Death .

She was indicted a second Time for a Misdemeanor, for intending to defraud Robert Vokins of a parcel of Callimanco, containing 35 Yards, value 45 s. by leaving in pawn a parcel of Rags of no Value . The Prosecutor depos'd, That the Prisoner came, and pretended that she was recommended by one of her Customers, and she wanted Crape for to serve a Funeral for a Gentlewoman, that was come out of the Country to a Brother who was dead, and this was to be sent the next Day. At the same Time she had two Bundles, which she said was Holland, and show'd her the Ends of some Cloth in the Bundles, and said she wanted some Callimanco upon her own Account, and fixed upon a Piece of Callimanco, and pretended to carry it to a Coat-Makers to know how much would make the Coats; and after a faint of pulling a Canvass Bag half way out of her Bosom, said she was a bad Walker, and therefore would leave the two Pieces of Holland in pawn for it while she came back. That she went away, and she suspected nothing till she had reason for it, upon Notice given her by one John Gray , a Constable, who stopp'd her upon Suspicion of her being a Shop-lifter, seeing her making away with the Piece of Callimanco in a hurry. This Evidence confirm'd the Manner of her Apprehension, and gave Notice to, the Prosecutor. The Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury Found her guilty of this Indictment.


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