John * Smith.
16th January 1745
Reference Numbert17450116-7
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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132. + John * Smith , of St. Paul's Covent Garden , was indicted for stealing five silver spoons, value 40 s. and ten yards of linen cloth, value 10 s. the goods of Charles Ogle , in his shop , December 8 .

* He goes among the fraternity by the name of James the Minister.

Sarah Ogle . My shop was robbed of five silver spoons, some checquered and other linen: they were found at several pawnbrokers.

Richard Oake . Mrs. Ogle brought me a search warrant; there was a poor woman took Mrs. Ogle and myself to a house in Church Lane, shewed us the Prisoner, and said, that was the man that robbed her, and the Prisoner being strictly charged with it, he said, if you will forgive me, I will tell you the truth. Mrs. Ogle said, if he would discover his accomplices, it would be the better for him, for she believed somebody must have been concerned with him, because the shutters were a great weight. He denied it at first, but afterwards owned that one John Heatley was concerned with him in pawning them; that the two tea-spoons were sold, one by Singing Moll, and the other by Grace Palmer . This spoon was sold to one Michael Compigney for 2s. 3 d. and the other to one Barber for 15 d. This spoon was pawned to Mr. Harrison by St. Giles's Church, for 7 d. and the checquered linen at one Gay's in Bowl Yard. Some of the linen was sold in Monmouth Street by Mary Fowls . The Prisoner said he had no accomplices. He confessed he hove the shutters up, (two hanging shutters) himself, for they had forgot to fasten them on the inside, threw the bundle out into the street, and tumbled himself out after it, and then the shutters fell too again. He belonged to the gang of Country Dick, and several of those who were hanged.

Mary Thurwell bought as much linen of Fowls as came to 9 d. and said, the Prisoner owned he sent her to sell it.

Elizabeth Manley bought as much of her as came to 1 s. 10 d. and heard the Prisoner say it was Mr. Ogle's linen, and that she sold it by the Prisoner's orders. Guilty of the Felony only .

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