Mary Allen, Theft > shoplifting, Theft > shoplifting, 16th January 1747.

Reference Number: t17470116-2
Offences: Theft > shoplifting; Theft > shoplifting
Verdicts: Guilty > theft under 5s; Guilty
Punishments: Death

69. + Mary Allen , otherwise Smith , was indicted for stealing three Pair of Worsted Stockings out of the Shop of John Wilson , value 10 s.

The first Witness to prove this Fact upon the Prisoner, was Mr Wilson's Servant, William Mason , he first saw the Prisoner put the Stockings into her Pocket-Apron; he let her step out of the Shop, then nodded to his Master to come immediately, and called her back , but she would not come; so Mr Wilson brought her back to his Shop himself, and took them from her, and said to her, Now are you not satisfied you are a Thief ? She then said, they were pushed into her Apron; he replied, no, I believe they were drawn in; so he sent for the Constable, she fell upon her Knees, and begged for Forgiveness, and said it was the first Fact. Guilty of Felony, to the value 4 s. 10 d.

70. +Mary Allen, otherwise Smith, was a second Time indicted for privately stealing eight Yards of Chints Lawn Gown out of the Shop of George Riston , and his Property, the 25th of August .

Q. to John Riston . Do you know the Prisoner?

Riston . I only remember seeing her in the Shop. On the 25th of August last, she came to ask for some Handkerchiefs, I shewed her several Sorts of Silk and Linnen; she asked the Price, I told her the lowest Price. She said she sold a pretty many, but what she sold was in Gentlemens Families; she said her Sister kept a Shop the Bottom of St Martin's-Lane, she said if we used her well, she would be a very good Customer. She desired I would bring the Silk Handkerchiefs the next Day to her Sister's House, and if I could get her the same of them Silk Handkerchiefs, she would have a Piece. I said to the Boy, Has not this Woman stole something. I do not like her leaning over so. I asked for the Chints Lawn, so we missed it. The next Day I said I would take the two Handkerchiefs to the Place where she said her Sister lived; I went, and asked the Gentlewoman if her Sister was within, so she said she did not know what I meant; then I went back and told my Brother, that I thought it was a Bite.

Q. When was the first Time that you heard of this Chints?

Riston. The 27th of December last, Mr Wilson heard that we had lost a Chints Gown, and there was that and all Sorts of Linnen-drapery Goods at her Lodgings; there was the Piece of Chints Lawn, I know the Piece perfectly well, there is my own Hand-writing on it, I gave a Description, as marked with a red Pencil, before I saw it.

- Bilby . The Prisoner lodged in Park street with me, Mr Kenton and she was there together as Man and Wife.

Q. Were they Man and Wife?

Bilby . That I cannot tell, she went by the Name of his Wife.

Q. Who paid the Rent?

Bilby. Mr Kenton.

Q. Who claimed a Property in the Goods that were found in Mr Kenton's Room?

Bilby. After Kenton found his Wife was taken up, he then said he was not married to her, he acknowledged before the Justice she was not his Wife, and that he had no Right to the Things, that they were not his .

The Prisoner at the Bar claimed the Goods in the Room as her Property, before she was convicted: accordingly the Key was delivered to her as a Person that had the Property of those Goods, some of which Goods, besides the Chints, was claimed in Court by others. The Prisoner was found guilty of the Indictment.

Death .

[There were several other Indictments against the Prisoner, but the Court did not think fit to try her on any other.]


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