Sarah Richardson.
25th February 1736
Reference Numbert17360225-10
VerdictGuilty > theft under 5s

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13. Sarah Richardson , otherwise Delaney , of St. Martin in the Fields , was indicted for privately stealing 8 Yard, of spotted Lawn, value 40 s. the Goods of Mary Pickering , the 10th of February .

Mary Pickering. The Prisoner and another young Woman came into my Shop, the 10th of February, about 4 o'Clock in the Afternoon, and asked for a Bit of Cambrick; they had not been long in the Shop, before I perceived they wanted none. The Prisoner put her Hand down, and dropped something; I saw her stooping to take it up. I had no Body then in the Shop, but before they went away, my Mother came in: I gave her a Hint to watch them: They bought a Quarter and Nail of Cambrick, and paid for it; then they went away. I miss'd immediately the spotted Lawn, and though my Mother saw them turn down the next Court, yet we could not find them: So I went to the Pawnbrokers to desire them to stop it, if such a Thing should come to be pawn'd. The next Morning one came and asked me, if I could swear to the Woman and the Lawn: I said, if the Woman was in the same Dress, I could, and the Lawn was very remarkable, for there were several Darns in the End of it: I knew the Prisoner again, and I value the Lawn at 40 s.

John Rawlinson . The Morning after the Lawn was lost, the Prisoner brought it to me to pawn; I sent to the Prosecutrix, to inform her I had got the Lawn, and immediately secured the Woman. Guilty 4 s. 10.

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