Offence: Theft > theft from a specified place
Verdict: Guilty > theft under 40s
Punishment: Miscellaneous > branding; Imprisonment > house of correction
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347. SARAH DEAN was indicted for stealing a mourning gold ring set with a crystal stone and six brilliant diamonds set therein, value 42 s. the property of Thomas Allen Smith , in his dwelling-house , May 10th.
I kept the ring locked up in a case in a chest of drawers in the room where the prisoner lay; we took her into the house in charity; she said she was in distress, but had a very large estate coming to her: I saw the ring on Saturday night, and missed it on Sunday afternoon.
WILLIAM FOX sworn.
I am a pawnbroker: I took this ring in pawn of the prisoner on Saturday night; I have had it in my custody ever since.
[The ring was produced in Court, and deposed to by the prosecutor and prosecutrix.]
I came into Mr. Smith's house; they pretended to be very fatherly and good to me, having a little dependence coming to me, he said, he would see me righted if I would make him a will and power; and he sent for a lawyer in order to deprive me of my property; Mrs. Smith came down into the kitchen, and said, as I had been so good to the family, she did not know how to make me amends, and put the ring on my finger; I wore the ring till Saturday night, then being in distress I pawned it.
To Mrs. SMITH. Did you give her the ring? - No; I shewed her the ring, but never delivered it out of my own possession.
Did you consent to her taking it? - No.
After you had shewn her the ring, did you put it into the drawer? - I put it into the case, and then into my drawer, and locked it.
When you found it missing, was the lock broke? - No.
How was it opened? - I do not know.
PRISONER. She gave me some diamond ear-rings at the same time; I pawned the ring for a guinea, bought some asparagus and other things, and gave her the change, and gave it her.
GUILTY of stealing to the value of thirty-nine shillings .
Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.