16th September 1778
Reference Numbert17780916-16
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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646. WILLIAM FLINT was indicted for stealing a silver watch, value 40 s. the property of Aaron Coats , privily from the person of the said Aaron , Aug. 16th .


I am an oilman , in Eastcheap. I was on the 16th of August, in the evening, at about seven o'clock, at a fire in Nicholas-lane; I went merely to see it, and staid about half an hour; as I came from the fire, when I was in Lombard-street , I felt for my watch, and missed it, it was a silver watch; I do not remember seeing the prisoner at the fire at all; I was in the croud. I advertised it in the daily paper of the 20th a few days after; I heard the prisoner was at Sir John Fielding 's, charged with this and other things; I went to Sir John Fielding 's, and there my watch was produced to me.

(The watch was produced in Court, and deposed to by the prosecutor.)


I live at Cow-cross; the prisoner pawned this watch with me on the 18th of August, he asked two guineas, I lent him a guinea and a half on it; he took a duplicate of it in his own name.


On Sunday, the 30th of August, I went to apprehend Flint, two boys, and another person; in Flint's parlour I found the duplicate of the watch, and an old seal that belongs to Mr. Coats's watch.


A person gave me the watch to pawn for him.

Guilty of stealing the watch, but not guilty of stealing it privily from the person .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. COMMON SERJEANT.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

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