Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 6.0, 02 September 2014), February 1717, trial of John Giles (t17170227-36).

John Giles, Theft > shoplifting, Theft > shoplifting, 27th February 1717.

John Giles , of St. Andrew's Holbourn , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Perriwig, value 6 l. out of the Shop of Thomas Freeman , the 20th of October last. James Evans deposed, that himself and the Prisoner stole the Wig, and sold it to one Elizabeth Thorold for 15 s. The Jury found him Guilty of the Indictment.

He was indicted a second time for feloniously stealing a Perriwig, val.35 s. out of the Shop of Matth.ew Biner , the first Day of June . The Prosecutor deposed, that the Wig hung upon a high Block in the Window, and that he hearing a Noise in the Night, came down, but saw no body, but next Morning found the Glass of the Sash broke, that was against the Light hole of the Shutter, and the Wig gone. Abel Downs deposed, that the Prisoner, himself, and the Prisoner's Brother, did the Fact: That they went to the House, and they two lifted up the Prisoner, who put his Hand through the Shutter,25 before mentioned, and stole the Wig, and that they sold it to Deborah Stent . He said likewise, that the next Day he saw the Prisoner with a dark ty'd Wig, and thinking he had sunk him (as he pharas'd it; that is, taken more than that Wig, and not let him know of it) he asked him where he had that Wig he wore; that the Prisoner answer'd him, that spying a Gager that was Lapps, going along in a Rattler, he went to him, and snabbled his Poll, and so got that Wig. The Jury found him Guilty of this Indictment also.

[Death. See summary.]