Offences: Theft > housebreaking; Theft > burglary
Verdicts: Guilty; Not Guilty
25. John Watson , of Stepney , was indicted for breaking and entering the House of Robert Cook , on the 5th of Feb . about 4 in the Afternoon, no one being then in the House, and stealing a Silver Tankard, value 4l. 2 Silver Spoons, value 18 s. Six Tea Spoons, value 12 s. 2 Silver Salts, value 18 s. a Silver Snuff-box, value 4s. a Silver Dram Cup, value 3 s. a Gold Ring, value 5 s. a pair of Silver Knee Buckles, value 6 s. 2 Lancets, value 2s. and 2 Knives, value 12 d. The Goods of the said Cook .
Robert Cook . I went out about 2 o'Clock in the Afternoon, to buy some Meat of Mr. Neal at Wapping, and left my House safe, both Windows and Doors were fast: When I came Home, I found my House broke open; suspecting the Prisoner, I pursu'd him directly, and I found him in a Goldsmith's House, and all the Goods upon him. This was on Saturday before last, the same Night that he commited the Fact.
Q. How came you to find out the Goldsmith?
Cook. I had been pursuing the Prisoner, and not finding him, was returning Home; but I was stopp'd, and told that the Gentleman (the Gold-smith) had sent for me, and that he had stopp'd my Man with the Goods upon him. I live at Blackwall , and the Prisoner was my Apprentice ; he was bound to me, no longer ago than last Wednesday was a Month.
Q. When was it? - What Day of the Month?
Walker. It was the Saturday before last, about 6 o'Clock in the Evening, he came into my Shop
The Prisoner had nothing to say in his Defence. Guilty . Death .
Charles Orchard , was a second Time indicted for breaking and entering the House of Philip Lermit , and stealing a Fustian Coat, a Fustian Waistcoat, three Frize Coats, three Frize Jackets, sixteen Yards of Frize, five Yards and a half of German Serge, and nine Yards of Flannel Baize, in the Night-Time , January 10 . Acquitted .