Offence: Theft > grand larceny
Punishment: Imprisonment > house of correction; Miscellaneous > fine
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WILLIAM PAGE sworn. - I am a pawnbroker , in Liquorpond-street : On the 23d of November, about half past three o'clock, the prisoner came into the shop to pledge a silver watch, which I agreed to lend him 20 s. on; while I was writing a duplicate he went to the back part of the shop; the handkerchief was pinned up with other goods; I called him and gave him the duplicate and a 1 l. note; he then went back to the place he came from, and pretended to stoop down to sand the duplicate; I then discovered him as if putting a silk handkerchief under his coat; my niece said immediately, that fellow has stole a handkerchief.
Q. Did she say that loud? - A. Yes; he then threw it down behind him; I then went round, and insisted upon having the duplicate and the one-pound note; I told him I supposed he had stolen the watch, as well as the handkerchief, and therefore I sent for an Officer; he attempted to run away, and did get out of the shop, but my young man and I pulled him back again; I delivered the handkerchief to the Officer.
Q. Are you sure this handkerchief was pinned? - A. Yes, I had pinned it myself, and saw it there just before he came into the shop.
Page. I am sure this is my handkerchief.
Prisoner's defence. I never saw the handkerchief till I saw it at the Justice's.
The prisoner called one witness, who gave him a good character.
GUILTY , aged 54.
Confined six months in the House of Correction , and fined 1 s.
First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.