Edward Sutton, James Mason, William Abraham, Elizabeth Mason, Elizabeth Brooks, Catherine Pembrook.
11th October 1732
Reference Numbert17321011-28
VerdictsNot Guilty; Guilty > lesser offence; Not Guilty

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34, 35, 36. Edward Sutton , aged 15, James Mason , aged 12, and William Abraham , aged 11, of St. Pauls Shadwell , were indicted for breaking and entring the House of William Brain , and stealing 10b. of Tobacco, Value 10 s. Sept. 15 . between the Hours of 1 and 2 in the Night .

William Brian . Between 1 and 2 in the Morning the Watchman call'd me up, and said my Cellar-door was open. I came down and found Sutton in my Cellar, and a Bag (which was not mine) upon the Cellar-stairs with about 10 lb. of Tobacco in it, and I miss'd such a Quantity out of one of my Casks.

Court. Are you sure the Cellar-door was made fast when you went to Bed?

Brian. No; but when Sutton was carried before Justice James, he confess'd that he and the other 2 Prisoners thrust back the 2 Bolts with a Knife, and so got the Shutter open; and that they had attempted it twice before, but could not do it.

Court. What Sutton said may affect himself, but not the other 2 Prisoners.

The Jury acquitted Mason and Abraham, and found Sutton guilty of Felony only .

They were a second time indicted for breaking and entring the House of Thomas Blackmore , and stealing a Gown, an Apron, a pair of Bodice, a Stomacher, a Silk Hood, a Pocket, a Knife, a Fan, a Handkerchief, 3 Mobs, 2 Stockings, and 2 Shoes, the Goods of Thomas Blackmore ; and a Waistcoat, 3 Aprons, a Gown, 2 Petticoats, 2 Shoes, and 2 Stockings, the Goods of Edward Sheppard , August 1 . about the Hour of one in the Night . And.

37. Elizabeth Mason was indicted for receiving and harbouring them, well knowing they had committed the said Robbery , Aug. 1 . And.

38. Elizabeth Brooks was indicted for receiving a pair of Stays, a Mob, and a Handkerchief, part of the said Goods of Thomas Blackmore , knowing them to have been stolen , Sept. 6 . And

39. Catherine Pembrook was indicted for receiving 1 pair of Shoes, part of the said Goods, knowing them to have been stolen , Sept. 6 .

Elizabeth Blackmore . I live in Shakesby's-Walk . I went to Bed about 11, and waking about 3 in the Morning, I found the Door and Window open, and all my Cloaths were taken away. So having no Cloaths to put on, I went out into Shakesby-Walk with nothing in the World on but my Shift, and then I met two Gentlemen, and they said I was mad; and so I went in again without finding the Thieves, but they were taken afterwards upon another. Account, and then they confest this Robbery.

Thomas Ovington . When Sutton was taken in Mr. Brian's Cellar, he confest, that he, James Mason , and Will Abraham help'd him to break that Cellar-Window open, upon which I took them up. Abraham and Mason own'd that they stood to watch, while Sutton got into Blackmore's Window, and handed out a Box and a Trunk, which they carried to Pembroke's, and there they open'd them, and Sutton gave the Bodice to Elizabeth Brooks , and sold a pair of Childrens Shoes for 4 d. Upon this I got a Warrant for Brooks and Pembroke ; I found Brooks a-bed. She was very unwilling to get up, but when she did, she put on these Bodice. I ask'd her where Pembroke was, and she told me, if I went to a Gin-shop hard-by I should find her; but the Boys having told

me, that they had a Closet to hide themselves in when they were enquired after. I went to the Closet door, and pulling it open, there I found Pembroke smoking a Pipe. This Handkerchief too I found upon Brooks.

E. Blackmore. This Handkerchief, and these Bodice, are the same that I lost.

Ovington. Sutton told me, that when they stole any Goods they used to bring them to his Grandmother Pembroke, and that when he neglected to do so, she would beat him, and say, Sirral, why don't you bring me Goods as you used to do? How do you think I can maintain you in Idleness ?

Court. Did Sutton confess any thing of this Fact?

Ovington. No, he was in Newgate when the other two Boys confess'd. The Jury acquitted all the Prisoners.

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