John Bowen, Theft > theft from a specified place, 26th February 1729.

Reference Number: t17290226-79
Offence: Theft > theft from a specified place
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

John Bowen , of St. Paul's Covent-Garden , was indicted for stealing a Linnen Bag, 48 Guineas, and 7 l. 15 s. in Silver, in the Dwelling-House of William Fardell , on the 24th of December last, the Property of the said William Fardell .

The Prosecutor depos'd, That on the Day aforesaid he put the Money mentioned in the Indictment in his Till, and went out, leaving the Prisoner, who was his Errand Boy , and his Servant , Charles Waring , only in the Shop, but when he return'd the Prisoner was gone, the Till broke open, and the Money taken away, that he advertised it in the News, and the Prisoner was apprehended at Oxford, where he himself went, and carried the Prisoner before the Mayor, and recovered the best Part of his Money again, and the Prisoner then and there confessed his taking the Whole as aforesaid.

Charles Waring depos'd, That when his Master was gone out and left the Money in the Till, the Prisoner told him he must go down to Breakfast, for it was ready, that he first went into the back House, and when he return'd the Prisoner was gone, and after his Master return'd the Robbery was discovered.

Robert Matthews , the Keeper of Oxford Goal, depos'd, That he was present when the Prisoner confessed the Fact, that he opened the Till with a Knife, and took out the Bag of Money; the Jury found him guilty . Death .


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