Offence: Theft > burglary
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12. Robert Roberts , alias Robertson , was indicted for breaking and entring the House of Henry Watkins in Shoreditch Parish, and stealing a Feather Bed, a Bolster, a pair of Sheets, a Porridge Pot, a Pewter Dish, a Plate, two Sauce-pans, three Candlesticks, a Chasing-Dish, a Pepper Box , a Drudging Box, a Bottle, and two Handkerchiefs, April 26 . about the Hour of Two in the Night-time .
Henry Watkins. I made fast my Doors and Windows about Ten at Night, and went to Bed. I was called up between Four and Five next Morning, and found my back Window was broke so as a Man might get in. My fore Window-shutter was unbarr'd, and the Casement open. I miss'd my Goods. Mr. Brown afterwards inform'd me that some such Goods as I had lost had been offer'd to Sale in the Neighbourhood by the Prisoner. I got a Warrant and searched the Prisoner's Lodging. I found these 2 Handkerchiefs in his Pocket; my Bed, and these two Plates in his Room. On farther Information, I found more of my Goods in Hog-lane, where they had been sold by the Prisoner.
Prisoner. I own that I had these Goods, but I knew nothing of their being stolen, for as soon as I waked in the Morning, I found 'em all in my own Room.
Court. You had extraordinary Luck ! But how happen'd it that you never enquir'd who they belong'd to? Prisoner. I thought they had been my own. Court. Your own? And how did you think you came by them? Prisoner. My Wife deals in such Things. She and I had some Words over Night, and so she ran away from me, and I thought that she had left them behind her.
Constable. I found this little Saw, and this stubbed Knife in his Pocket. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .