Offence: Theft > animal theft
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Ann Hersel . I live at Chatham , the two prisoners were my servant s. I keep a farm ; I lost the horse and mare Aug. 22. out of my yard; when they were stop'd in Smithfield, I had word sent me, and I came up, and the prisoners were in Newgate ; the horse and mare are my property. I went to see the prisoners; they did not deny the stealing them, and said, they hop'd I would not come against them.
John Burchet . I am constable; Mr. Baker came and told me he had two suspicious persons, so we went and charged me with them; upon which I asked one of them, where they had the horses; he stood as though he knew not what to say; the other put words in his mouth, and said, from Lee in Essex; upon which I replied, did you not know without being told: as I talked thus to him of our suspicion, they wanted to go, and he said, then he would lose his horses, if he must lose them, he must lose them. Upon which I told him, he must not go till he had been before a magistrate. The rest as the former witness.
Thomas Bennet an old soldier, deposed, that the two prisoners came to him in Smithfield, and gave him eighteen pence, to say the horses were honestly come by; he took their money and laughed at them, and said, he in his ragged coat looked more likely to steal a horse than to vouch for them.
Collison said, Aldridge came with him to shew him the way to London, and likewise , that his mistress's son gave him the horse and mare .
Both guilty .