Offence: Theft > pocketpicking
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ANN BEVAN . On Sunday, the 19th of December, between six and seven o'clock in the evening, as I was going down Mount-pleasant three boy s met me, turned back, and followed me. I ran, and they ran after me; one of them gave me a slight blow on the head, and took my shawl away; I called out Stop thief! but did not see any one stop him. I ran after him, but lost sight of him. I was telling some people, and saw the prisoner coming towards me. I laid hold of him, and said,
"This is the boy" - I am sure he is the boy who took my shawl, and struck me.
Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q. It was done in an instant - A. No, they followed me, and I turned back and looked at them - my shawl was produced. I am servant to Mrs. Finikin, Gray's Inn-lane.
JOHN TOZER . I heard the cry of Stop thief! in Great Bath-street, and saw the prisoner running in the middle of the road; he saw me running, and dropped the shawl. I secured him, and brought him back to Bevan, who claimed the shawl, and said the prisoner took it.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
GUILTY . Aged 19.
Transported for Life .
First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.