Stephen Dowdle, Theft > theft from a specified place, Theft > shoplifting, 28th February 1730.

Reference Number: t17300228-24
Offences: Theft > theft from a specified place; Theft > shoplifting
Verdicts: Guilty
Punishments: Death

Stephen Dowdle , of St. Bride's , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Gold Watch, value 20l. in the House of Thomas Martin , on the 30th of August last.

The Prosecutor depos'd, That the Watch was stolen, but knew not by whom, nor did he know the Prisoner; but had Information by a Justice's Clerk, that the Prisoner own'd, it was in Pawn in Market-Lane, at one Mrs. Smith's, near St. James's-Market.

Mr. Jacombs, the Justice's Clerk depos'd, That the Prisoner being taken up the last Sessions upon Suspicion of stealing a Ring, he made an Information of several Persons, some of whom were apprehended upon his Evidence, and that he gave him an Account of the Prosecutor's Watch, and went with him, this Evidence, to Mrs. Smith's, where the Watch was pawned by him.

Mrs. Smith depos'd, That the Prisoner brought the Watch to her to pawn, and she lent seven Guineas upon it; and it was pawn'd in the Name of Comber.

Stephen Dowdle , was indicted a second time, of St. Martin's in the Fields , for feloniously stealing a Diamond Ring, value 30 l. in the Shop of John Treble , on the 25th of August last.

Dionysius Spere depos'd, The Prisoner had brought a Stone to make a Ring, and agreed for 12 s. and looking over some Rings, there was a Diamond Buckle, he said, he wanted a Buckle, and asked the Price, which was 90 l. that in pretending to take the Buckle to look at it, he slily took up the Ring, and went away; and he missing the Ring, it was advertis'd, and he heard it was at Mrs. Moss's in Fox-Court.

Mrs. Moss depos'd, She lent 14 Guineas to the Prisoner upon the Ring.

The Prisoner own'd the taking of the Ring, but pleaded he had the Promise of the Justice to whom he gave his Information, that they would endeavour to have him be made an Evidence; which one of the Justices, being in Court, did own to be true, and therefore desired the Prisoner might be recommended to His Majesty's Mercy, especially, since by his Discovery, the Prosecutors had their Goods again; the Jury found him Guilty . Death .


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