Elizabeth Hargrove, Theft > pocketpicking, 6th December 1721.

Reference Number: t17211206-63
Offence: Theft > pocketpicking
Verdict: Guilty > theft under 1s
Punishment: Transportation

Elizabeth Hargrove , alias Williams , was indicted for privately stealing a Silk Handkerchief, value 3 s. from the Person of John Murdock , on the 3d of December last.

Mr. Murdock depos'd, that about 11 o'Clock on Sunday Night, as he was going along Duke street, Westminster, he observ'd the prisoner following him; that then turning the Corner of Crown Court , he stood to make Water; upon which the prisoner came up, put one Hand round his Neck, kiss'd him, and ask'd him to give her a Pint; that then turning about, he found her Hand in his Pocket, and his Handkerchief gone; and thereupon called the Watch, who secured her.

The prisoner said, that as she was going home, the Prosector took hold of her, pull'd her into an empty House, and offer'd her Money to be rude with her; which she refusing, he beat her, and tore her Headcloaths; she cry'd Murder, the Watch came, and he then told'em she had pick'd his Pocket. The constable depos'd, he heard the prisoner say she knew where the Handkerchief was. The Jury found her Guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Transportation. See summary.]


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