William Johnson, Theft > burglary, 8th July 1719.

Reference Number: t17190708-26
Offence: Theft > burglary
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death
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William Johnson of St. Martin's in the Fields , was indicted for breaking open the House of Jacob Pullin in the Night time and felloniously stealing a Silver Can value 25 s.2 Silver Spoons &c. the Goods of the said Jacob Pullin on the 9th of June last. It appear'd than the Prisoner had liv'd two Years and a half with the Prosecutor as an Apprentice , but for his evil Practices had been gone from him above a Year; that he got over the wall, broke open his Cellar Window about 10 at Night, and lay in his Dye-house till 12, then broke open a Corner Cupboard, and took the Goods; the two Spoons were found in his Pocket the next Morning (when he was taken) and the Can by his direction in some Dirt where he had hid it; he owned both the Felony and Burglary before the Justice, which Confession was read in Court. The Prisoner in his Defence pleaded that he met one Tho Mills , who gave him the Plate as a Pledge for some Money he lent him to carry him down to his Ship at Chatham; but the Jury did not believe him, and the Prosecutor deposed that the Prisoner knew the Plate very well, having so long constantly made use of it, and his Mark being thereon. The Jury found him Guilty of the Indictment. Death .

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