4th April 1779
Reference Numbert17790404-23
VerdictGuilty > theft under 5s
SentenceMiscellaneous > branding; Imprisonment

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213. MARY TAUNTON was indicted for stealing six pair of cotton stockings, value 30 s. and an odd stocking, value 1 s. the property of Edward Lovibond , privately in his shop , March 8th .


I am a hosier in Holbourn . On the 8th of March I made up a parcel of stockings for a customer, one Mr. Thornton, in Cheapside, which I left on the compter; it contained six pair and an odd stocking belonging to the lady which I had for a pattern stocking; the prisoner came in to look at some stockings; when she was gone, my wife missed this parcel; I immediately pursued the prisoner, but did not find the stockings upon her; another man had stopped her and taken them from her. She was brought back; she begged for mercy, but made no excuse for the fact.


The prisoner came into our shop and asked the lowest price of a pair of black stockings; I said eighteen pence; she said that was too much, and immediately went out of the ship. As soon as she was gone out, I looked for the parcel of stockings, and missed them. I suspected the prisoner had taken them, and called to my husband to know where he had laid them; he said on the compter; upon which I immediately pursued the prisoner, crying out stop thief! and the prisoner was stopped and brought back with the stockings.

(The stockings were produced in court and deposed to by the prosecutor.)


On hearing Mrs. Lovibond cry out stop thief! I pursued the prisoner and took her with the stockings upon her; she pulled them out of her pocket. I took her back to Mrs. Lovibond's; she begged for mercy.


I am a constable. I was sent for to take charge of the prisoner. I heard her beg for mercy.


As I was coming out of the shop I found the stockings on the ceil of the door.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of 4 s. 10 d .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. DEPUTY RECORDER.

[Branding. See summary.] [Imprisonment. See summary.]

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