Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 6.0, 28 November 2014), January 1717, trial of Mary Pearse Sarah Cook alias Downs (t17170111-3).

Mary Pearse, Sarah Cook, Theft > shoplifting, Theft > shoplifting, 11th January 1717.

Mary Pearse , and Sarah Cook alias Downs , of London were indicted for feloniously stealing a Pair of Woman's Shoes, value 3 s. out of the Shop of James Prier , the 31 st of December last. The Prosecutor's Servant depos'd that Mary Pearse came in to buy a pair of Shoes, but not agreeing for the Price, went away; upon which he missing the Shoes, follow'd her, and seeing her go into a Toy-shop with Sarah Cook, went in and charged them with the Shoes, and a Constable being sent for, Sarah Cook dropp'd the Shoes in the Shop. The Prisoners deny'd the Fact; but the Evidence being positive, the Jury found them both Guilty to the Value of 10d.

They were a second Time indicted for feloniously stealing 22 Yards of Garlick Holland, Value 30 s. out of the Shop of Richard Rider , the 31st of December last. The Prosecutor's Servant depos'd, That the Prisoners came into his Master's Shop to buy some Linnen, and stood one on one side of the Shop and the other on the other, and that Mary Pearse being on that side where the Holland lay, he did believe that she stole it. The Constable depos'd, That being sent for to take the Prisoners into Custody upon the Account of the Shoes, Sarah Cook having other Things about her, which he desiring to see, she convey'd the Holland to Mary Pearse, who endeavour'd to put it under her Coats and conceal it between her Legs, but was not Mistress of Dexterity enough to do it unperceiv'd; whereupon he sent for the Prosecutor, who owned the Holland. The fact was plain, and the Jury found them both guilty of the Indictment .

[Death. See summary.]