Offence: Theft > simple larceny
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JAMES CONNOLLY. I am a servant to John Harborne and another - they live in Ormond-street , and are ironmongers and braziers . The prisoner came to the shop on the 31st of May, and asked the price of a four gallon cast iron tea-boiler - he staid some time, and then went out without buying any thing; I missed some locks from a shelf near which I was working - he had not quitted the shop two minutes; I went and found him with two other men; he had three parcels of locks in his possession -I seized him and another, and said, "Gentlemen, have I caught you?" they struggled and got away, leaving their
Cross-examined by MR. LEE. Q.Are your masters in a large way of business? A. Yes; they both serve in the shop - the prisoner was taken into the back wareroom; I returned to work - he could have taken the locks when my back was towards him, taking the steps to show him the boilers - I was not above four feet from him; there were one hundred bundles of this description - I had seen these three minutes before on a small square shelf by themselves; I know it was full as we went into the wareroom, and as soon as he was gone it was empty; there was no other person in the shop.
Prisoner's Defence. The witness came to the door with me; I went to May-fair and he came up - there were two or three men at the corner - one of them had a basket of strawberries; I know no more about them.
GUILTY . Aged 27. - Transported for Seven Years .
Fifth Middlesex Jury - Before Mr. Common Sergeant.