Offence: Theft > shoplifting
Verdict: Guilty > theft under 5s
Punishment: Imprisonment > house of correction; Miscellaneous > fine
THOMAS DOYLE . I am a shoemaker ; I live at No 1, Henry-street, Gray's-inn-lane . The prisoner and another man went by my door, and stole a pair of shoes. The shoes were hanging at the door post, withinside of the shop.
Q. What time of the day was it - A. Two o'clock in the day.
Q. How do you know that he took them - A. I am well aware that he took them, because he and the other person run; I pursued him, and by the assistance of a guardian of the night he was taken to the watchhouse. The shoes were taken from him by the beadle of the watchhouse. I pursued him directly the goods were gone; I saw him run away.
Q. Did you see them taken away - A. Yes; I did not exactly see them taken away, but seeing the man run I came out and pursued him. They snatched the goods, and away they run. I cannot say exactly whether the prisoner stole the shoes or the other.
Q. At the watchhouse did you see the shoes drop from the prisoner - A. Yes. They were new shoes. I think it was the other man in the smock frock that stole the shoes, but the prisoner was in his company.
The prisoner left his defence to his counsel; called two witnesses, who gave him a good character.
GUILTY, aged 45,
Of stealing to the value of 4 s. 6 d. only .
Confined 6 months in the house of correction , find 1 s.
First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.