George Morrice, Theft > housebreaking, 6th June 1717.

Reference Number: t17170606-17
Offence: Theft > housebreaking
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death
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George Morrice alias Fashion of Chelsey , was indicted for breaking the Dwelling-house of Ann and Margaret Moise , and stealing 34 pair of Mens Gloves, val.34 s and other Milinary Ware to a very considerable value , the 7th of May last. The Prosecutor depos'd, that the brick Wall of the House was digged down under the Parlour-window, and the Goods stollen of the Shop. A Watchman, the Gate-keeper at Aldgate, depos'd, That the Night after the Robbery was committed, the Prisoner came at about 12 a clock and wanted to go through the Gate, having a Bundle under his Arm; that he suspecting him, asked him what was in the Bundle, to which he answered him, that it was his own wearing Apparel; but he clapping his hand upon it felt the Glove, and finding he had not given him a true Account took hold of him, saying he must go before the Constable, upon which the Prisoner attempted to get away, but he secured him; that them being examined by the Constable, he said it was his Wife's wearing Apparel, and he brought them from Depsford and was carrying them to Ratcliff; that upon opening the Bundle they found a Direction upon a paper for the Prosecutor Mrs. Moise at Chelsea , whereupon he gave her notice, and she came and owned the Goods, as she did likewise when produced in Court, and the Cloth which the goods were bundled up in, which was her Counter Cloth. The Prisoner alledg'd they were given him on board a Ship, but could make no proof of it; whereupon the Jury found him Guilty of the Indictment.

[Death. See summary.]

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