Offence: Theft > shoplifting
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Thomas Neeves , of St. Giles's in the Fields , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Duroy Coat, value 13 s. on the 6th of December last, in the Shop of Charles Laurence , the Goods of the said Charles Laurence , who depos'd, That on the 6th of December, about 7 in the Evening, the Prisoner came to his Shop, and ask'd for a Dimitty Waistcoat, that he shew'd him one, but they could not agree about the Price, upon which the Prisoner d - 'd him, and turning to go out of the Shop, snatch'd up the Coat, and ran away with it, that he pursu'd him about 300 Yards, crying out Stop Thief, the Prisoner doing the same, till he was taken.
He said in his Defence, That he was pursuing the Thief who stole the Coat, it having been his Practice for some Time to catch Thieves, but he having been formerly an Evidence, and hang'd a great many Men, People had an ill Opinion of him: The Evidence against him being plain, the Jury found him Guilty . Death .