Offence: Violent Theft > robbery
Verdict: Guilty > pleaded guilty
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Robert Sterne , was Tryed for stealing a Silver Watch with a Tortoise shell Case value 5 l. the Goods of Thomas Washer Esquire , which Felony he immediately confest upon the Arraignment, Mr. Washer was desired to give a brief account of the Fact; who said that on the 5th. of March last, as he was Riding home from London to his own house at Bromley in Kent; when he came very near his house he set was upon by Seven or eight men, who bound him, and afterwards laid him on the Ground, then they bound his Man who was with him, and made him go to the Door and Knock, as if his Master was with him; so the other Servant opening the Door they all rushed in, and bound all the Family, and then rifled the house, then came back to him, and led him into his house, left him bound; and then took three Horses out of the Stable and went away. This Prisoner Confessing now, that he was there at the same time, but the Watch was found upon him, when brought before the Lord Mayor.