11th October 1676
Reference Numbert16761011-1
VerdictNot Guilty

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A young fellow was indicted, for that he with two others, not yet known or taken, came into a shop in Cheapside and stole two silver Watches and a Watch-case to the value of Ten pound . The master of the shop was a Watchmaker , but his wife on one side of it kept the trade of a Millineress: He being abroad, and none but she in the whole shop, the Prisoner and another came in pretending to buy Gloves, and holding the Gentlewoman in discourse, and crowding up to the wall, on a sudden a Boy in the street (supposed to be one of their Comrogues, and to be done by Confederacy) snatches two Watches off from the Grate, and a Case, and run away: he that was with the Prisoner pretended to strike at him, and run after him so far, that he never came back; and the Prisoner would have been going too, but was seiz'd. However, since there was no proof of

the boy that stole the Watch being of his Company, he was brought in not Guilty .

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