William Tidd, Anthony Bourne, Theft > burglary, 5th December 1750.

Reference Number: t17501205-19
Offence: Theft > burglary
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

25 (M.) William Tidd and Anthony Bourne , a second time were indicted for that they, together with Randolph Branch , Richard Pett , and James Webster , not yet taken, on the 25th of July , about the hour of one in the night of the same day, the dwelling house of Mary Ormand , widow , did break and enter, and stealing out thence eight pewter dishes, value 30 s. 13 pewter plates, two pewter water plates, a pewter cover, four brass candlesticks, a silver spoon, a copper pottage pot, a brass pottage pot, two saucepans, a copper stew pan, a box iron, an iron heater, a stand for a box iron, two looking glasses, a pair of linen sheets, two linen table cloths, two diaper napkins, one dussel cloak, a silk bonnet, six linen towels, three cotton aprons, a pair of cotton stockings, and two pair of thread stockings . +

Mary Ormand . I live in Great Ailoff street, opposite the new meeting house . On the 25th of July last my house was broke open about one in the morning as near as I can find. I advertised the things lost on the 26th and 27th, but could not hear of them till the 10th of Nov. then a man came to my house, and asked me if I was not robbed such a time; I said I was; he said, we have taken three of the thieves, and if you come to Bridewell you'll hear more of the matter.

Q. What goods did you lose?

M. Ormand. I lost eight pewter plates, &c. ( mentioning each thing as in the indictment.) The next morning I went to Bridewell; I was bid to ask for Forrester, otherwise Hatton, and they brought me to the next evidence, who can give a better account of the taking them than I can.

William Hatton . (the evidence in the farmer trial.) Anthony Bourne , William Tidd , Randolph Branch , Dick Pitt , James Webster , and myself, were going along Ailoff street on the 25th of July, betwixt six and seven in the evening, we saw a basket of linen in the prosecutrix's window; we made an attempt to take it by shoving the sash up, but could not get it; the woman came and took it away, so we concluded to go again between twelve and one at night, which we did, and Anthony Bourne wrenched the window shutter off, and got in; he had a tinder box and dark lanthorn and a pistol; Tidd went in also; the rest of us were at the door and the window; Bourne was to give us all that was below in the kitchin, pewter, brass, &c. they put them out at the window, and Dick Pett and Randolph Branch received them there; we had them and one apron in our parcel.

Q. Who do you mean by our?

Hatton. William Tidd , Randolph Branch , Pett, and myself; Anthony Bourne , and Webster were to have all they could get after we were gone away.

Q. What goods were they you had?

Hatton. There were a copper pot , two saucepans, one brass pot, some dishes, and a great cover to cover meat with; we carried them home, and when we came back, they had got a bag full of things, they had linen, a great coat, and a looking glass; we sold our's to one Campey, a Jew, for 12 shillings; he lives in Duke's Place.

Q. from Tidd. Was I by when the window was broke open?

Hatton. Yes, you was; Tidd had three shillings, and so had I.

Henry Peal. I heard Tidd confess before the justice he had a hand in breaking open this house, and that he had a share of the 12 shillings.

Thomas Hind . I was before justice Fielding, when Tidd was there; the boy Hatton was telling the justice in what manner it was done; Tidd told the boy he lyed in saying he broke it open, and said, when he came first to the house, it was fast; but when he came the second time it was broke open, and that they sold the goods to Minous, a Jew, for 12 shillings; he also d - d the justice, and said he was as big a thief as himself.

Woodward Harlow. I was with Tidd before the justice. He confirmed the testimony of Hind.

Isabella Collier deposed, the window was fast when they went to bed, and that the things were gone when they got up at two o'clock.

Q. to the Prosecutrix. How came you to get up?

M. Ormand. We heard a noise of the pewter rattling, and the dog barked, so we got up, and we found the shutter was ripp'd from the hinges, and taken down, and the sash shoved up. I hear the Jew is in the New Goal, Surry.

Tidd's Defence.

I know nothing of it.

Bourne. I don't know that boy (meaning Hatton) from Adam. See No. 16, in Sir Samuel Pennant 's Mayoralty.

Both Guilty Death .


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