Offence: Theft > grand larceny
EVAN THOMAS DAVIES . I am a linen draper ; I live in Great Warner-street, Cold Bath Fields . On the 24th of December, about five o'clock in the afternoon, the prisoner at the bar came into my shop; my shopman served her with what she wanted; when she went out of the shop, he informed me she had taken something.
RICHARD SILVERS . I am shopman to Mr. Davies; the prisoner came into the shop about five in the afternoon on the 24th of December; while I was shewing her pieces of printed cottons, I saw her put a piece of printed cotton under her gown, which she had taken from off the counter; when she had paid for the goods she bought, she went out. I directly followed her and brought her back, when I had got her in the shop I charged her with having the piece of print, she denied it; while I was talking to her I saw it drop from her on the ground; I picked it up and gave it to Mr. Davies.
(The property produced and identified.)
Prisoner's Defence. I never took the cotton nor did it drop from me. I return the gentleman thanks for relieving my distressed family. When he came up into my room my husband went down to him, he gave them sixpence each, I was in great distress; they had seized upon my goods three or four days before.
GUILTY , aged 35.
Transported for Seven Years .
First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.