John Roberts, Theft > burglary, 7th September 1748.

Reference Number: t17480907-56
Offence: Theft > burglary
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death
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447. + John Roberts , otherwise Rumph , of St. Luke Middlesex , was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Henry Green about the hour of 2 in the night, and stealing a stuff damask gown, value 21 s a cotton gown, value 8 s. a cloth cloak, value 8 s. a pair of shoe-buckles, value 12 s. 6 d. a stock buckle, value 18 d. three spoons, value 6 s. and an apron, value 5 s. the property of Henry Green , July 11 .

Henry Green. On the 11th of July last my wife and I lay out of the house; the house was broke open, and I lost the goods mentioned in the indictment; and the buckles were found at one Mrs. Franks's on Labour-in-vain hill, where he had pawned them.

Q. Did he confess any thing to you?

Green. No .

Mary Green. July 11, between 7 and 8 in the morning , I found the window-shutters broke open.

Q. What, the inside or the outside window-shutters ?

Green. The outside shutters.

Q. What, were they broke so that any body could get in?

Green. Yes; and I found this gimblet lying upon the table. My husband and I did not lie at home that night, for I went to secure my sister's house.

Q. Have you got your things again?

Green. No; the constable has them. I saw them at the pawn-broker's.

Q. What time did you shut the shutters?

Green. Between 8 and 9 at night; I fastened them all myself.

Elizabeth Alcock . The prisoner sold me a stock-buckle , and I gave him 1 s. 10 d. for it [this was owned by the prosecutor.]

Mrs. Franks. On the latter end of July the prisoner brought 2 gowns and a cloak to pawn.

Q. Where did he tell you he had them?

Franks. I knew the man, and I asked whose they were; he said they were his wife's, and I lent him a guinea upon them.

Thomas Ind . I am a servant at Clerkenwell bridewell ; when the prisoner was brought there, I told him, if he had any accomplices, he had better make himself an evidence; and before justice Hole he said he had broke the window-shutters open; and that he had two persons with him, and that one of them was Black Sam He own'd he pawn'd the gowns to Mrs. Franks, and he confessed taking all the things except the buckles. I thought he would have been admitted an evidence, for there are two other persons in custody now for this fact , who are old thieves: and he made an information

before justice Hole of one Black Sam, one Pollock, and himself.

Guilty , Death .

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