Offence: Theft > grand larceny
Punishment: Imprisonment > hard labour
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I drive Mr. Wadsworth's waggon, which comes from Newport Pagnell in Bucks. On Saturday morning, at about half an hour after two o'clock, just before I got to Newgate , I heard something crack on the off side of the waggon; I turned about and saw the prisoner with a flat of butter in a basket on his back; there was another man with him; the things in the waggon were tumbling about; I could not go after him; I called stop thief; a watchman picked up the basket that morning, and brought it to me; the ropes of the waggon were cut, and I missed a flat of butter.
On Saturday morning, between two and three o'clock, I heard a cry of stop thief; I met the waggoner; he said he had been robbed of a flat of butter, by a man who had run up Giltspur-street; I pursued the prisoner; he ran down Snow-hill; he was stop'd by a watchman in Turnagain-lane; I did not see any thing upon him at that time.
[The watchman deposed that he stop'd the prisoner.
The constable produced a knife which he found on the prisoner when he searched him.
The watchman who found the basket did not appear.]
I know nothing of the matter.
The prisoner called three witnesses who gave him a good character.
Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.