Robert Hill.
2nd March 1726
Reference Numbert17260302-25
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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Robert Hill , was indicted for privately stealing (with John Cooms ) a Silver Watch, and 2 Seals, value 7 l. the Goods of Samuel Warrener , January the 18th .

Samuel Warrener thus depos'd. In Lincolz's Inn Fields about 3 in the Afternoon; the Prisoner and one John Cooms, pray'd me to change half a Crown, which I laid I could not, they follow'd me thro' Russel street, into Charles-street , and there told me that they had been playly at Prick Belt, and that one of them had won 15 Pence of the other, and since they could not get the half Crown chang'd, they'd play who should have it all, if I'd hold Stakes; I agreed, it rain'd very hard, so that I saw no Body out ourselves in the Street; but as they were at play, a Boy came up to them, at which time the Prisoner and Cooms catch'd hold of my Arms, and held me while the Boy pull'd the Watch out of my Pocket and ran away, and then they let me go. Cooms made off, but I knockt the Prisoner down, he presently got up again, and run into the Bear Inn, in Drury-Lane, and there I took him. He desir'd me to be easie, and he'd procure me the Watch again; upon which he sent a Porter to Turnbull-street. When the Porter return'd, the Prisoner told me at first, that the Watch could not be had, but afterwards said, that if I'd be favourable he'd help me to it, and accordingly pull'd it out of his Pocket. Guilty . Death .


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