Offence: Theft > burglary
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50. Thomas Andrews , of Bishopsgate , was indicted for breaking and entering the House of John Wragg , and stealing 18 Plates, value 9s. 7 Dishes, value 14s. a Tea-Kettle, value 3 s. 3 Brass Candlesticks, val. 18 d. a Woman's Cloak, a Hat, a Cloth-Coat, and other things, the Goods of John Wragg , the 17th of Jan . last, about 2 in the Morning .
John Wragg. The Prisoner had been my Journeyman . I have a Wash-house at the Back of my Dwelling-house. On the 17th of Jan. last, between 2 and 4 in the Morning, I was waked by the barking of my little Black Bitch. I got up and look'd out o'Window. I saw the Glimmering of a Light, but being between sleeping and waking, I thought it might come from my Neighbour the Currier, and that his stirring might disturb the Bitch, and so I went to Bed again. But when I came down Stairs, about 7 in the Morning, I found my House was broke open, and several Goods gone. Some Tiles were taken off the Wash-house, and so the Door was unbarr'd and open'd. Then a Hole was cut thro' the Kitchen-door, and that was open'd too. When the Prisoner was my Journey-man he 'bizzled my Goods, and lived but a loose Life; so that I presently inspected him to be the Man; and so I had him taken up the same Day, and he confess'd that he brought 3 Men with him, and they broke my House open, and he confessed where he had pawned my Goods, and I found 'em accordingly.
John Wilshire . Constable. When I apprehended the Prisoner, he confessed to me that he met 3 Men who were Strangers to him, and proposed to them to go and rob his Uncle; but as they were going he told them he'd shew them a nearer Place, and so brought 'em to his Master's House, which they broke open and robbed.
Thomas Wilshire . The Prisoner told me, that on Sunday-Night, the 16th of Jan. as he was going by the Savoy Gate, he met 3 Men, who asked him to walk with 'em. They told him they wanted Money; and he advised them to go with him and rob his Master; which they did.
Daniel Fair . The Prisoner said he met 3 Men as he was coming from the Savoy Stairs; and after some Talk with him, they said they were bent upon getting some Money that Night. He at first advised to rob and murder his Uncle, but afterwards told them his Master's House was nearer; and so they all went thither.
James Robinson . The Prisoner told me the same, and said farther, that on Saturday Night he intended to murder his Uncle, and had prepared every thing in readiness; but a Woman happen'd to be in the Room, and so he was prevented.
Joseph Higginson . I live at the 3 Bowls in Long-Acre. Between 8 and 9 on Monday Morning, Jan. 17. the Prisoner brought those four Dishes, 9 Plates, this Hat, Coat, and Woman's Cloak to my House to pawn. I had seen him 2 or 3 Times before. I examined him, and he told me, the Pewter was his Mother's Goods, and marked with her Maiden Name; and that his Father and Mother were dead.
Amos Haton . I live with my Uncle at the 3 Bowls in Heming's Row. On the 17th of Jan. the Prisoner brought this Tea-kettle, and these 3 Brass Candlesticks to our House, and wanted 7 s. on them, but I let him have but 3 s. I had dealt with him several Times before.
Prisoner. My Master knows that I was out of my Senses, and endeavoured to make away with my self before his House was broke open.
Eliz. Melvin. The Prisoner was quarter'd at my House, and behaved so well, that when his Quarters were out, I took him for a Lodger. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .