JOHN CRAGG, Theft > stealing from master, 11th September 1828.

Reference Number: t18280911-209
Offence: Theft > stealing from master
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Miscellaneous > fine

1763. JOHN CRAGG was indicted for stealing, on the 30th of July , 24 phials, value 2s. , the goods of Anthony Thatcher , his master.

ANTHONY THATCHER. I live in Red Lion-yard, Old Cavendish-square ; I am a bottle and phial merchant - the prisoner has been twelve months in my employ; on the night of the 29th of July, I called him into my counting-house as he was about leaving, and told him I had heard he had been robbing me - I desired him to turn out his pockets; he burst into tears, and took out two dozen of phials, which he put on the counter - I took him as a confidential servant.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Did you not say to him "Deal fairly with me, tell me the truth, and you shall not be hurt? A. No, I asked him how long he had been robbing me; I cannot recollect that I told him he should not be hurt.

Q. Had not he been in the habit of selling you phials at times? A. Yes, he had occasionally; he was not a kind of salesmen - he had not sold me more than two gross; I believe he generally brought them from a Mr. Crichton, where he formerly lived servant - I never went to Mr. Crichton; I was not threatened with a prosecution for receiving goods - it is customary for persons who are ill to give phials to their servants; I do not know that Mr. Crichton was ill - I had noticed in the morning that some of the phials had white labels on them; I used to have a great many come in - I gave the prisoner 1s. a dozen for phials; he brought some phials to me which I did not like, and told him to go to Isaacs, as he would buy anything - Isaacs is a bottle merchant.

GEORGE WOODLAND . I am an officer. I took the prisoner, and bring the phials.

JURY to ANTHONY THATCHER . Q. Did you hold out any inducement to the prisoner to state to you whose property they were? A. I cannot be positive; I was very much agitated at the time when he produced them - I did not say anything about them; I should have no objection to take him into my service again.

GUILTY . Aged 19.

Fined One Shilling and Discharged.


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