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11th October 1676
Reference Numbert16761011-6
VerdictGuilty

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The next Case of two Criminals had more of Intricacy in it: They broke open an uninhabited house at Hackney , and took thence a Copper valued at Four pound; but not being able the same night to carry it off, hid it three or four fields distant , where it was accidentally found by honest Neighbours, and a Watch planted next night to see who would fetch it away, who appeared to be the Prisoners now at the Bar; and after they had carried it some few rods, the Ambuscade unwilling they should weary themselves too much, came in to prevent their further toil,

and lodged them safe next day in Newgate. It was agreed that the first taking the Copper, being fixed by Morter, &c. to the Freehold, was onely a Trespass, and no Felony; but it was resolved, that the second remove after it was once separated, was Felony, the property not being altered; and thereupon they were found guilty by the Jury. These two had long made a Trade of Stealing, and formerly received mercy, but would take no warning.


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