Offence: Theft > shoplifting
Verdict: Guilty > lesser offence
I live in John-street, Oxford-road , I keep a haberdasher's and milliner's shop , I lost six silk handkerchiefs out of my shop, they were lying in the window, and were found on the prisoner; the prisoner came into the shop as I was sitting in the parlour, he asked me to serve him with a halfpenny-worth of black silk, he paid for it,
I heard the cry of stop thief! I am a patrol, I pursued the prisoner and took him, and brought him to the shop directly, and a halfpenny-worth of white silk was found upon him.
I am another patrol, I was along with the last witness, I assisted to take the prisoner; we wear white coats, in Marybon, and a great many people said, you should not be taken by them white angels, they call us white angels on account of our coats; I searched the prisoner and a halfpenny-worth of white silk was found upon him; I heard the prisoner desire the gentleman, from whom he stole the handkerchiefs, to be favourable to him, and he would tell me where he flung them, he said, he flung them under the first stand of coaches, they went to endeavour to find them, and took the lanthorn, and could not find them, he had so many confederates after him; I suppose there were above a hundred people after him.
Did they appear to be friends or enemies? - Some of them seemed to be great enemies.
My mother has got a large family of children, and I wanted some bread, and my father has but one leg, and I took the things for bread; the family were all crying for want of bread, and my father was very ill at the time.
GUILTY, Of stealing, but not privately .
Transported for seven years .
Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice GOULD.