Offence: Theft > shoplifting
Verdict: Guilty > theft under 5s
Punishment: Imprisonment > house of correction; Miscellaneous > fine
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591. BRIDGET BUSH and MARY MOORE were indicted for feloniously stealing on the 27th of August , five yards of printed gingham, value 9 s. and a yard and a half of printed cotton, value 3 s. the property of Evan Thomas Davis , privately in his shop .
Q. Did you shew her any print. - A. Yes.
Q. Did you see this gingham any time before they came in the shop. - A. Yes, it was on the counter before they came in; we served Bush with the article they wanted, and they waited for change; I went into Mr. Cook's, a linen draper in the same street for change. After I came back I detected the prisoner Bush with the gingham; after I stopped her I looked down, and the gingham had fell down close to her feet; I looked about, I saw the gingham lying on the ground.
Q. You did not know how it came on the ground. -
MR. COOK. Q. You were called in. - A. Yes; I saw the gingham drop on the ground, but I did not see it drop from her; I searched Bush, she endeavoured to take some things out of her pocket; I took the remnant of printed cotton from her, as she was taking it out of her pocket.
(The property produced and identified.)
Bush's Defence. When I was going away the young man told me I had got something that was not my own; I opened the handkerchief and begged his pardon, I said it was a mistake, I took it up with what I had paid for, as they laid together on the counter. One of the gentlemen came and took me, he said I was going to thieve it. This woman is innocent of it.
Moore was not put on her defence.
BUSH - GUILTY, aged 28.
Of stealing to the value of three shillings .
Confined Six Months in the House of Correction , and fined One Shilling .
First Middlesex jury, before Mr. justice Heath.