Offences: Theft > animal theft; Theft > animal theft
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Henry Smith. I lost a black Gelding Nov. 18. from Charwelton, in Northamptonshire : I enquired after him, and a Blacksmith at Tocester, gave me Intelligence that he had shod such a Horse for the Prisoner. The Gelding was found in a Stable at Staines, and the Prisoner with him.
Samuel Smith . I went to Staines to look after the Gelding, and found him in the Stable, at the White Horse, and there I likewise found the Prisoner. I charged him with taking the Horse, and told him, I suppos'd he came for a little Mare, that was in the Grounds with the Horses, and he told me, he came for any he could catch.
Joseph Hall. I was with Samuel Smith when we found the Horse. I told the Prisoner, that Smith wanted to buy a Horse, upon which the Prisoner told us, that all the Horses in that Stable were his, and if any of them would do for us, he would sell us one. We pitch'd upon this Horse, and the Prisoner led him out of the Stable and asked 14 Guineas for him. I asked him how he came by the Horse, and he said he bought him in Northamptonshire, at a Place call'd Badby, of one Goodman; then I told him the Horse was stolen, and charged a Constable with him; when he was in Custody, I told him I supposed he had a Mind to a little Mare that was with the Horses: I can't say, says he, which I had a Mind to, - which I could come at.
Edward Glover . I lost my brown Gelding from Hilledon, in Northamptonshire , about a Mile from Mr. Smith's. When I heard that Neighbour Smith had found his Horse, I went to the Prisoners Stable to look for mine, but the Man of the House would not let me see the Horses; however, I found my Gelding at Dawley Lodge, in the Possession of Josiah Alderson , who told us he had him of the Prisoner. The Prisoner told us he caught the Horse, by pulling some Oats out of a Rick, and offering them to him. I swore to my Horse and have had him again.
Alderson depos'd, that he had the Horse of the Prisoner the first of Nov. last, that the Prisoner dealt in Horses , and that he took him to be an Honest Man.
Prisoner. I bought this Horse of a Stranger upon the Road, and as for the brown Gelding, he said he would do me no Harm if I would tell him how I came by him.
The Jury found him guilty , of both Indictments. Death ,