Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 6.0, 24 November 2014), April 1822, trial of JOHN CREWYS (t18220417-13).

JOHN CREWYS, Theft > theft from a specified place, 17th April 1822.

547. JOHN CREWYS was indicted for stealing, on the 19th of March , 100 lbs. of lead, value 10 s., belonging to Robert Elford , and fixed to a dwelling-house of his .

SECOND COUNT, stating it to be fixed to a building.

ROBERT ELFORD . I am a farrier , and live in Exeter-street, Sloane-street. On the 20th of March Webb came to me, about half-past six o'clock in the morning, and gave me information - I went on the roof of a house of mine, No. 2, Middle-row, Knightsbridge , and found the gutters stripped of their lead; Webb produced some which fitted the place. The prisoner was in custody; I have known him eighteen years; he bore a good character - he lodged on the premises. I let the house to a school-master. About 3 cwt. was stolen.

BENJAMIN WEBB . I am a watchman of St. James, Westminster. On the 19th March, about eleven o'clock at night, I saw the prisoner in Piccadilly, with an apron on his left shoulder - I stopped him, and asked what he had there; he said his own property - I took him to the watch-house, and found it contained 36 lbs. of lead; he said he found it in Kensington-road; he was coming in a direction from Knightsbridge. I went to Elford, and we compared the lead with the gutter, it fitted exactly with part of it - the prisoner said he lodged at the house over the shop. I examined his room, and found 65 lbs. more rolled up in his bed, in a sheep's-skin - this also fitted the gutter; a great deal more was taken away. When he saw Mr. Elford,he said he did take it, but hoped he would not hurt him.

GEORGE SPENCER . I produce the lead - it has been compared with the gutter, and fitted exactly. I have known the prisoner seventeen years; he is a carver and gilder. I had not seen him for two months.

Prisoner's Defence. On Sunday night I found a piece of lead in Kensington-road, and left it at a coffee-shop - I was fetching it from there. I had not occupied the room for some time.

GUILTY . Aged 40.

Confined Six Months .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.