JAMES RYAN, Theft > pocketpicking, 13th September 1827.

Reference Number: t18270913-194
Offence: Theft > pocketpicking
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Transportation

1781. JAMES RYAN was indicted for stealing, on the 4th of August , 1 handkerchief, value 4s., the goods of Andrew Garrett , from his person .

ANDREW GARRETT. On the 4th of August, at a quarter before nine o'clock in the evening, I was in Elm-street, Gray's Inn-lane ; the prisoner and another person had made an attempt at my pocket, while I was in Cold Bath-fields, but when I got to Elm-street, the prisoner snatched the handkerchief from my pocket; he ran away - I pursued him, and took him to the watch-house; when I turned round he was secreting it in his breast, but in running he threw it away, and I have never seen it since.

Cross-examined by MR. QUIN. Q. Elm-street, I believe, is not a very light street? A. There are gas-lights in it. I am positive he is the person who made the two attempts - it was my handkerchief he was secreting; he turned several corners, but I did not lose sight of him till I secured him, in Laystall-street.

JOHN HUTT . I received the prisoner at the watch-house, but I found nothing on him.

Prisoner's Defence. I was going towards Spa-fields - I met a person I knew, and when I got to the corner of Elm, street I turned down a court leading to Mount-pleasant and some person called Stop thief! I never saw the handkerchief.

GUILTY . Aged 15.

Transported for Fourteen Years .


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