Offences: Theft > burglary; Theft > burglary
Verdicts: Guilty; Guilty
Punishments: Death; Death
467. (M.) George Anderson , otherwise Johnson , was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of William Smith , on the 13th of Sept. about 2 in the night, and stealing a silver tea-spoon, val. 3 s. a brass thimble, val. 1 d. and 6 s. in money, the property of John Grinstead , in the dwelling-house of the said William Smith . *
Mary Grinstead . My husband is named John, we lodge in a room in the house of Mr. William Smith , my room is up one pair of stairs; I was in bed, and awaked out of my sleep, I saw the prisoner opening my drawer, I said, Good master, what do you want here? then he went cross the room, and stopped a little, then went out at the casement which then was open; I missed out of the drawer 6 s. in silver, a silver tea-spoon, and a brass thimble.
Q. Are you sure the prisoner is the man you saw in your room?
M. Grinstead. I am; when I saw him in a coach afterwards, not knowing he was going before a Justice, I said, That was the man that robbed me.
Q. What time of the night was this?
M. Grinstead. This was about 2 in the morning; I had a light burning by my bed side, and he came and took it from the bed side.
John Skinner . I am servant to Mr. Pentilow, the keeper of New-prison; the prisoner being taken up, Justice Spinage sent for Mr. Pentilow to fetch him away; I went and found him in the watch-house, I searched him, and found these things upon him. (Producing a Dutch tinder-box, flint and steel.
I smoke very much, I make use of the tinder-box to light my pipe; I know nothing of what I am charged with, I never was at the house in my life.
Guilty . Death .
He was a second time indicted for that he, on the 1st of Aug. about the hour of 1 in the night, the dwelling-house of James Warner did break and enter, and stealing one gold watch, val. 20 l. one silver watch, val. 5 l. one reflecting telescope, one gold ring set with diamonds, val. 10 l. one amathist gold ring set with diamonds, val. 3 l. four mourning gold rings, val. 40 s. one pair of ear-rings set with diamonds and rose stones, val. 10 l. two pair of silver shoe-buckles, one pair of silver knee-buckles, one silver stock-buckle, and 40 s. in money numbered, the property of John Hardy , in the dwelling-house of James Warner . *
Q. Was the buroe locked over night?
B. Hardy. It was.
Q. Was your window fast?
B. Hardy. I cannot answer for that, I know it was down.
Mr. Dyley. I am a jeweller and goldsmith, I had a pair of diamond ear-rings brought to me by the prisoner at the bar, I suspected the man, and stopped and advertised them, here they be. ( Producing a pair.)
Prosecutrix. These are my property which were taken away that night; I found nothing else.
I brought these ear-rings from the Havanna, I got them that night we took Graunamacoe.
Q. to the Prosecutrix. What time did you go to bed that night?
B. Hardy. I went to bed about 10, and to sleep about 12, and did not awake till about 6.
Guilty . Death .
There were two other indictments against him.