Charles Petts, John Booshire.
6th December 1752
Reference Numbert17521206-44
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s
SentenceCorporal > whipping

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53. (L.) Charles Petts , was indicted for stealing one cloth coat, val. 10 s. the property of John Booshire , Nov. 23 . ++

John Booshire . On the 23d of November, I had

a coat stolen from Mr. Cornes a carpenter, out of the shop where I work.

Q. When did you see it last.

Booshire. I saw it about four in the afternoon; and about six o'clock going to put it on, it was gone; I advertized it, and last Wednesday morning I had inteligence of it; the prisoner came to work at our house that morning I lost it.

Q. What is his employment?

Booshire. He is a plaisterer , I went to his master that employ'd him, and told him what I had heard; and desired he would send for the prisoner, and order him to come to work again at our house; for he had not been there after that day I lost the coat ; the master sent for him to the Fleece in Threadneedle-street, there I went and found him, I charged an officer with him, then he own'd before the officer and many other people, he took the coat; and I believe he sent his wife for it, out of pawn. ( Produced in court and deposed to.)

Robert Close . I am a constable, I was charg'd with the prisoner, he own'd he had taken the coat ; we went home with him to his mother's, and he sent his wife for it.

Q. Where did he say he had taken the coat from?

Close. From the place were the prosecutor said he had left it in Artillery-lane, where the carpenters were at work.

Prisoner's Defence.

I had been at work at that house, at the same time, but for the coat I had it not.

For the Prisoner.

Thomas Haines . I have known the prisoner seven years and upwards, he has done business for me and behaved honestly.

Q. What are you?

Haines. I am a victualler.

John Whitby . I have known him twelve years, and never knew any harm of him, till I heard of this.

James Oram . I have worked with the prisoner five or six years, of and on, I never knew any ill of him in my life.

True William Naylor . I have known him about four months, I never heard any harm of him.

John James . I have known him from a child, I don't live a hundred yards from him, I never knew or heard any thing of him but that of an honest lad, before this.

Guilty, 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

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