John Chilcott.
16th January 1741
Reference Numbert17410116-54
VerdictGuilty > theft under 5s

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68. John Chilcott , was indicted for stealing a Leather Saddle, Value 3 s. 6 d. a Leather Bridle, Value 3 Shillings and Six pence, the Goods of Thomas Haley , in the Stable of Hannah Dewey , Jan. 4 .

Thomas Crawford I am Ostler of the Black-Lion Inn in Water Lane, Fleet Street . On the 24th of Jan. the Stables were robb'd of the Goods mentioned in the Indictment. The next Morning at 6 o'Clock I missed them, and the Prisoner was taken offering them to Sale at Mr. Butler's , a Sadler in Smithfield.

Timothy Butler . I keep a Shop in Smithfield. On the 5th of Jan. between 7 and 8 o'Clock in in the Morning, the Prisoner offer'd to sell me this Saddle and Bridle, for 3 s. 6 d. I asked him how he came by it, and he said he was employ'd by a Gentleman at the George in Leather-Lane to sell it for him; I stopped it, and went to the George to enquire, and found that what the Prisoner said was entirely false. While I was there the Ostler of the Black-Lion came in, and said he had been robb'd, and I inform'd him that such Goods were offered to me for Sale. On the Friday following the Prisoner came again for the Money and he was taken, and he said then he bought them of a Man the Monday before.

Wm Wright . I know this Bridle and Saddle to be the Property of Mr. Haley.

Prisoner. I was coming along on Monday Morning , and there was a Gentleman's Servant with a Bridle and Saddle in his Hand; he asked me 5 s. for them, and I offered him half the Money, I went to sell them at this Gentleman's, and he stopp'd them. The Man that I bought it of is gone to Bristol. Guilty 4 s. 10 d.


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