Alice Forest, Mary Ridley.
30th June 1714
Reference Numbert17140630-10
VerdictGuilty > theft under 5s

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Alice Forest, alias Holt , and Mary Ridley, alias Ann Drew , of the Parish of St. Vedast, alias Foster , were indicted for privately stealing 30 Yards of strip'd Sattin, value 3 l. 10 s. out of the Shop of Lingham Asterly , on the 16th of June . The Prosecutor swore, that Forest came first into his Shop, pretending to buy some thread Sattin for a Night-Gown; and he having open'd several Pieces, she said she would not pitch upon any, till her cousin came, for she lik'd her Fancy; immediately after which Ridley came in, and they bought as much as came to 25 s. which they paid for, and desir'd the Prosecutor to lay it by, and they would call for it in half an Hour; but they had not gone far, before they were suspected for Shoplifters, by reason one end of the Goods dragg'd upon the Ground from under one of their Petticoats; and being apprehended, the Goods were found upon them, and sworn to by the Prosecutor; whereupon they were found guilty to the value of 4 s. 10 d .

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