Edward Roberts.
28th August 1728
Reference Numbert17280828-49
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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Edward Roberts , of St. Paul's Convent-Garden , was indicted for privately stealing a Silver Watch, value 5 l. a Pearl Snuff-Box, and 15 s. in Money, from the Person of Rowland Evans .

The Prosecutor depos'd, That he was going home, and in Cheapside he met the Prisoner, who pretended he would see him home, he being a little in Liquor, that the Prisoner persuaded him to go to Drury-Lane, and at the Crown-Tavern they drank very plentifully, that the Prisoner told the People of the House he would take Care of him and of his Watch and Snuff-Box, that he took his Watch from him, which he could remember, and he falling asleep lost his Money and Snuff-Box, which he did believe was taken from him by the Prisoner, for when he awaked both the Prisoner and his Watch and Money were gone.

The Constable who took the Prisoner depos'd, That he found the Watch and Snuff-Box upon him, and that he was one of a very bad Character, and when taken he had a Pistol about him which was loaded, and two Slugs in his Pocket; the Pistol, he said, was James Howe 's, (who was condemn'd this Sessions) and it appear'd to be his, which he had given the Prisoner for such Uses as have brought him to the State in which he now is. The Constable further depos'd, That he said he had the Watch these five Years, but after it was seiz'd he could not tell any Marks or the Maker's Name.

He said in his Defence, That the Prosecutor gave him the Watch and Snuff-Box to hold, and that he did design to return them, but this not agreeing either with his Story to the Constable, or with his Actions, the Jury found him Guilty . Death .


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