Offence: Theft > pocketpicking
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756. JANE COCKING was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 9th of September , from the person of Thomas Tucker , two shillings, eight halfpence, four two pound bank notes, and nine one pound bank notes , his property.
THOMAS TUCKER . I am a journeyman painter ; I lost this property on Monday, September the 9th; I had been to Bagnigge Wells in the evening with a friend, and my friend accompanied me as far as the Blue Lion, Gray's Inn-lane; he then returned back from me; I proceeded on for home, and the prisoner followed me; I had been drinking more than customary. I fell down near Henry-street, Gray's Inn-lane ; as I lay on the ground I felt somebody rifling my pocket, I called out to the watchman who was going by, that I was robbed, the prisoner made off.
SARAH WELL 'S. I live in the same house with the prisoner, 32, George-street, formerly called Dyot-street. On the evening of the 9th of September, between twelve and one, I saw the prisoner with several notes which she said a friend gave her.
Q. How many were there - A. I do not know. I heard her say three two's and six one's.
JAMES HANCOCK . I am an officer. I searched the prisoner, I found a one pound note pinned at the bottom of her petticoat. In her right hand pocket I took three dollars, two three shilling pieces, and three shillings.
Prosecutor. I know the note by the endorsement at the back. I am sure it is my note.
Prisoner's Defence. I had been out that evening, I met a person that knew me many years, he made me a present of the notes, and when I bought the things that note was given me in change.
GUILTY , aged 51.
Transported for Life .
Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.