Lawrence Savage, Theft > pocketpicking, 17th January 1750.

Reference Number: t17500117-49
Offence: Theft > pocketpicking
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

163. Lawrence Savage , was indicted for stealing one silver watch, val 3 l. the goods of Constantine Gahagen , privately from his person , Oct. 18 .

Constantine Gahagen . On Horn-fair-day last, I went into the country to buy goods. I live in the Borough. Coming over London-bridge , there were carts, and a great throng; there were the prisoner, and either four or five men along with him; they came hurrying along. The Prisoner tore my waistcoat, and push'd my horse out of his step. I thought he had been drunk; I swore at him, but he went along, and hurry'd, swinging his hands, &c. I did not think he had took my watch, 'till I came to the spurr inn in the borough. I met a friend, and went to drink a glass of wine there, going to pay for it, I missed my watch. I went home, and, as soon as I alighted from my horse, I went to the Maker, and had it advertised; and, from the 2d day of advertising it, I heard of it. I looked to see what o'clock it was, when I was at St. James's, and I saw the seal, with the anchor and the Key hung to it, as I was coming down Fish-street-hill.

Thomas Brown . On the 18th of Oct. about 10 o'clock, a woman brought a watch to pawn. She asked 30 s. her Name is Mary Johnson . She was committed along with the prisoner. I asked her whose it was? she told me, it was a gentleman's at the boot in Princes-street. I thought it might be taken as people came from the play, as the play was just done. I told the woman, I should stop it 'till she brought the owner. She went out, and brought the prisoner at the bar, who told me, it was his watch; then came in another man, and said, it is mine; so give me it, or he would hurt me; then, I said, I would not give it him without his first telling the name. Upon that, he said, he would not, but he would have the watch. It had a green string to it, and the place where a seal should hang, was fresh cut. Before I gave it back, I took the name and number of it upon a card; the maker's name, Sewil, No. 540, Senier. I gave the other man the watch again. So on the 20th of October, I saw a watch advertis'd, lost upon London-bridge, the 18th of October, the name as this. No. forgot. I thought proper to let the man know, that such a thing was offered to me, which I did. The prosecutor came over the water, and asked me, what sort of a man it was? I describ'd him; he said, by the description, it was the same man that did the robbery. Then we went to Justice Fielding's, and took out a warrant, and took up the woman; and we took out a warrant, by the descriptions of the two men; the woman was in custody 'till last sessions. I being attending here, and saw this person come to give evidence, I went home, and got the warrant, and had him secured.

Gregory Sewil . On the 18th of October last, I took a walk to Charlton ; at my return home in the evening, my wife informed me, the prosecutor had been at my house, and said, he must speak with me that night. I went to him; he said, he had lost his watch, and wanted me to advertise it; it was put in the Tuesday's paper. The next morning came the pawnbroker, and told me, such a watch was brought to him to pawn, by one Mary Johnson . The prosecutor and I went on Wednesday morning, about 9 o'clock, and found Mary Johnson at the Fox in Drury-lane. I had advertised it,

Gregory Sewil , sen. Numb. forgot ; but, upon looking over my book, I found it Number 540. delivered to Constantine Gahagen , about the 11th or 12th of September last.

Prosecutor. I bought it new, of Gregory Sewil , for 5 l. I had had it about a Month before I lost it.

Prisoner's Defence. The woman that brought this watch to the pawnbroker's, was here a prisoner; and before the Alderman she declared, she knew nothing of me or the watch. The court discharg'd her last Sessions.

Guilty , Death .


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