James Leekey, William Robinson, Elizabeth Cane, William Lawrence.
5th December 1744
Reference Numbert17441205-8
VerdictsGuilty; Guilty
SentencesDeath; Transportation

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13, 14. + James Leekey , and William Robinson , of St. Mary Lebone (together with Robert Graham , not yet taken) were indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Henry Thompson in the night-time, and stealing a gold ring, value 15 s. a gold ring set with a ruby, value 10 s. a silver spoon, value 8 s. a snuff box, value 6 s. a silver medal, value 2 s. a pair of silver shoe buckles, value 10 s. a pair of silver knee buckles, value 5 s. a cloth coat, value 20 s. an India damask waistcoat, value 1 s. a pair of breeches, value 10 s. and a calimanco petticoat, value 20 s. the goods of Henry Thompson in his dwelling-house , September the 19th .

15. And Elizabeth Cane , otherwise Lawrence , for receiving the same, knowing them to be stolen , Sept. 19 .

Henry Thompson . On the 19th of September, about 8 o'clock at night, my house was broke open. I lost in money and goods to the value of 20 l. there were about 3 or 4 pounds in money, most of it was gold, there were some half guineas among it. The money, rings, and those things that were most valuable were in a bugle worked box, which stood in the back parlour; the door was forced open, and the box was taken away.

Joseph Uptabake . On a wednesday or thursday night, two or three days before Croydon fair, Leekey, Robinson and I, went out as usual, and going by Mr. Thompson's door, we saw it upon a jar; Leekey went in, and broke open the parlour door, and Robinson brought out a bugle box, then I went in and brought out several things, and Leekey came

out with a bundle up to his chin; we carried a candle in a dark lanthorn, which we bought for that purpose. - Robinson carried the candle in, and stuck it upon the drawers, and we left it there.

Q. to Thompson. Did they leave a candle there?

Thompson. Yes, and it had like to have burnt the house; it was stuck upon some drawers. I forgot to mention the candle.

Uptabake. There were about three or four pounds in money, chiefly in gold, most of it were half guineas; there were rings, a snuff-box, and several things I can't remember.

Leekey. They ought to be separated; their hearing one another corroborates one another's evidence.

Uptabake. We broke the shell out of the snuff-box, and sold the silver with the rest of the things to Cane, for 4 l. 4 s. The money was equally divided between us, and with the money we shared, Leekey and Robinson went to Croydon Fair in a chaise and pair - Robert Graham was equally concerned in it.

Leekey. Why did not you put the money into the information?

Uptabake. I think it was so.

Leekey and Robinson, Guilty Death .

Cane, guilty as an accessary.

+ James Leekey , and William Robinson , of St. Paul's Convent Garden , were indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Samuel Johnson in the night time, and stealing five shirts, value 35 s. ten shirts, value 1 l. 10 s. a cloth coat, value 1 l. a great coat, value 8 s. a waistcoat, value 9 s. and five sheets, value 20 s. his property , Sept. 16 .

+ James Leekey , of St. James, Westminster , was indicted (together with William Lawrence , otherwise Lomax , not yet taken) for stealing three silver castors, value 3 l. a large silver castor, value 2 l. six silver spoons, value 10 s. and two silver castors, value 3 l. the goods of William Blackstone , in his dwelling-house , June 3 . And

Elizabeth Cane , otherwise Lawrence, for receiving the same, knowing them to be stolen . They were not tried upon these two indictments.

[Transportation. See summary.]

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