Offence: Theft > animal theft
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Isaac Blount , of the Parish of Acton , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Bay Gelding, val. 10 l. the Goods of William Bristow . The Evidence said that as he was going from London early in the Morning, he met the Prisoner with the Horse, and suspectiong that he stole it, he ask'd him how he came by it? The Prisoner told him that he swopt for it at Uxbridge Fair. With that he told him he must seize him; whereupon the Prisoner leap'd off the Horse, and would have made his Escape, but was taken. The Prisoner said upon his Trial, That he was a Hackney-Coachman , and leaving off his Employment he went to Uxbridge to sell his Horses, where he sold one, and at a little By-House on this side Uxbridge he swopt with a man, and gave him 50 s. to boot for the Gelding, but could not prove it; the Jury thereupon found him guilty .