Offence: Theft > housebreaking
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Thomas Gowen , and Joseph Pewterer , of the Parish of St. Pauls Shadwell , were indicted for breaking open the House of Robert Brigham , and stealing thence 1 Silk Petticoat, 74 Yards of Gnewring , and several other Pieces of Linnen , the Goods of the said Robert Brigham, on the 26th of Aug. last. Mrs. Brigham depos'd, That her House was broke open, and several Parcels and Pieces of Linnen were stole. An Headborough swore, That going into Whitechapel Fields, to cut Tuffs for his Larks, early in the Morning, he saw the Prisoners very busy together upon a Spot of Ground, and going up to 'em, to see what they were about, Gowen threw 1 Piece of Linnen into a Ditch, and examining the Place they were so busy at, found 30 Yards of Linnen buried in the Ground, upon which he with the Help of some Persons coming over the Fields, secur'd them; and looking about, found more of the Prosecutor's Goods buried in 3 other Places, and the Prisoners is being search'd, many Pieces of the said Linnen were found in their Bosoms and other Places about them. They made no Defence, and were found Guilty of Felony and Burglary .