Offence: Theft > housebreaking
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Jonah Burgess , of White Chappel ,, was indicted for Burglary, in breaking the House of William Fluck , and taking from thence 60 l. 19 s. in Gold and Silver, the Money of the said William Fluck, on the 7th of September last, about 4 in the Afternoon . The Prosecutor depos'd, that the prisoner had lodg'd 6 Weeks in his House, and that one Sunday in the Afternoon he went into his Chamber, lock'd the Door, broke open the Chest, took out the Money, and went off with it. The Prosecutor missing the Money and the Prisoner, and having some intimation he designed to go to Gravesend, went to Billinsgate, and describing the prisoner to some of the Watermen, desired'em , if such a Person came, to secure him. At Night the prisoner came down Darkhouse Lane, and a Waterman plying him, carry'd him to the Dolphin; when they came to the light, the Waterman (seeing the prisoner answer Mr. Fluck's Description) secured him. The Constable depos'd, that he took the prisoner sitting at the Dolphin in Darkhouse Lane; and the prisoner gave him the Money, and told him he had it of Mr. Fluck's Kinswoman, who was to meet him there; but afterward he confest that he took it out of the Chest. This was confused by two Waterman. The prisoner in his Defence said, that being sent up Stairs (at Mr. Flucks) for a Lanthorn, to light some Company home, he found the Money in the Room, and so put it in his Pocket. His Confession before Sir Thomas Abney was read. The Jury found him guilty .