Offence: Theft > pocketpicking
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Prisoner. Ask him if he did say before the Justice, that he could not tell who took the Watch from him?
Hanquets. No, I said no such Thing.
William Capps . On the 24th of January I saw the Prisoner and Prosecutor in the midst of a Croud, and observ'd both of them scuffling to get out of it. The Prisoner made his Way through first; the Prosecutor follow'd, and cry'd stop Thief ! I pursu'd him into the Priory, and he was never out of my Sight; when I took him, he told me he had no Watch about him; but the Prosecutor being positive to him, I felt in his Pockets, on that Side next me, and found nothing; but another Person gathered up his Cloaths on the other Side, and feeling something, he cry'd out, - here's the Watch, and pull'd it out of the Skirts of his Coat, from between the Lining and the Outside. The Pocket was broke, and it had slipp'd down between the Cloth and the Lining.
Prisoner. I was coming through St. James's Court that Day, and kick'd the Watch before me the Ground; when I took it up, it was dirty.
Mr. Wallington. The Soldier (Jones) told me Yesterday, that he saw some Dirt upon the Watch, when he took it.
Mr. Capps. The Prisoner's Friends were all Yesterday, treating with the Soldier about a favourable Evidence from him, and they promis'd him, he should be rewarded.
Jones. They did promise to reward me, if I would be favourable in my Evidence.
Capps. I never lost Sight of him, 'till I took him in the Barber's Entry. Guilty . Death .