Sarah Griffiths, Theft > burglary, 17th October 1727.

Reference Number: t17271017-6
Offence: Theft > burglary
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

Sarah Griffiths , of St. Ann's Westminster , was indicted for a Felony and Burglary, in breaking, open a Box, in the House of Daniel Turner , and taking thence a Silver Spoon, val. 10 s. 5 Gold Rings, and 49 l. in Money, on the 13th of Sept . last, the Property of Daniel Turner aforesaid . The Prosecutor thus depos'd, The Prisoner at the Bar was my hired Servant ; and on the 13th of Sept. I had a Closet broke open, in which was a little Box, or Cabinet, which was likewise broke open, and the Things taken out, which are mention'd in the Indictment, The same Day the Prisoner quitted my House without Notice, pretending to go for some Soap, but went immediately and took Coach for Worcester; next Day I finding my House had been robb'd, I knew not who to suspect but the Prisoner, and accordingly I advertis'd her in the St. James's Evening-Post, and sent after her to Bewley, where it seems she heard of the Search I made after her, and made the best of her Way again for London in the Worcester Waggon; but the most material Circumstances are to be discover'd by the Constable who took her. John Plat , Constable, depos'd, That he took the Prisoner at the White Horse in Friday-Street, and searching, found 3 of the Rings upon her, and another they found next Day, which she had pawn'd in the Compter, which Rings being produc'd in Court the Prosecutor swore they were his. Mark Savill depos'd, That he was present at her Examination, when she confess'd she opend she Locks with a Knife, and took the Money and Rings, with which she had liv'd very extravagantly; adding, that the Waggoner she came up with never had such a Passenger in his Life. Richard Grayson depos'd, That the Prisoner coming to his House in Friday-Street with a Waggon, and suspecting by the Advertisement in the St. James's Evening-Post, that she was the Person, he took her on Suspicion, and was present when the Rings were found upon her, and at her Confession, when she own'd her opening the Locks, and taking the Rings with the Money mention'd in the Indictment, which appearing indisputably plain, the Jury found her guilty . Death .


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