Ann Bowers, Theft > pocketpicking, 8th April 1752.

Reference Number: t17520408-59
Offence: Theft > pocketpicking
Verdict: Not Guilty
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276. (L) Ann Bowers , spinster , was indicted for stealing one silver watch, value 40 s. the property of Jelfe Lamb , privately from his person , March 29 . +

Jelfe Lamb. On the 29th of March, I had been to a relation's house to supper, when I came home our people were gone to bed, I went to return to where I had been, and had not gone twenty yards from our door, when the prisoner met me, she asked me where I was going? I said, home, she said, go with me; I said, where? she led me through several Alleys, till she came to a house in Stony-lane, near Petticoat-lane , she knock'd at the door: when they opened the door, she asked to light a candle, she went in and struck a light, and desired me to walk in, we had not been in there ten minutes, and I being a little in liquor, before she pick'd my pocket of a watch, she went away, and pretended to come again; another woman came into the room, and wanted me to sit down in a chair, I said where is she gone? she said, she will come again in a minute; then I clapp'd my hand in my pocket, and missed my watch, it was a silver one, I did not see her again till she was taken up.

Barlow Sayer. Mr. Lamb came and told me he had lost his watch, and desired I would go and search for it: we met the prisoner in Leadenhall-street, he said that was the woman, so I secured her : when we were coming along Lombard-street, in order to bring her to the Compter, she told us, if we would desist, she would tell us where the watch was; we got her into the Compter, the next day going before the sitting Alderman, she told me, if I would be favourable, she would send a gentleman to me the next day, and Mr. Lamb should have the watch, (she did not say she had taken it.)

Prosecutor. The gentleman came to me yesterday morning, he told me if I would be easy with her on her trial, she would give me a note that I should have my watch again: his name is Benjamin Leegood .

Acquitted .

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