Offence: Theft > burglary
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William Hollis , of St. James's Westminster , was indicted for breaking and entring the House of John Mattison , and stealing from thence 140 Silver Buckles, value 5 l. the Goods of Samuel Ashmelay , on the 22 of April last, about the hour of 9 in the Night .
Samuel Ashmelay thus depos'd. I keep a Shop at the Corner of Albemarle-Street, and I have two Rooms, where I lodge in Villars-Court ; I shut up my Shop in the Evening and went out after eight a Clock, and hung my Key upon the Cellar; I returned about ten, and found my Door open, and my Goods gone. I sent Warnings among the Goldsmiths; by which means the Prisoner were stopt, several of the Buckles were taken in his Pocket, some of which were broken. He carried us to his Lodgings in Brick-Street, near Hyde-Park-Corner, and there we found more.
His Confession before the Justice was read, in which he acknowledged that about Nine at Night, he went into Mr. Ashmelay's Cellar, and there finding the Key, he went up and opened the Door, and took away the Goods.
But in his Defence at the Bar, he said, that the Prosecutor's Wife sent him up with small Beer for the Children, and seeing the Buckles there, he happen'd to lay his Hand upon them, and bring'em away. The Jury found him Guilty of the Indictment. Death .