ELEANOR MEEKS, Theft > shoplifting, 22nd February 1781.

Reference Number: t17810222-42
Offence: Theft > shoplifting
Verdict: Guilty > theft under 5s
Punishment: Imprisonment > hard labour
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168. ELEANOR MEEKS was indicted for stealing eight-linen handkerchiefs, value 8 s. the property of Robert Hervey Gedge , privately and secretly, in the shop of the said Robert , February 12th .


I am a linen draper in Leicester-fields . I lost eight linen handkerchiefs out of the shop on the 12th of February, at I believe about four o'clock; they were on the counter. There were several people in the shop; the prisoner came in under pretence of looking at some cotton for a bedgown. I turned about for a piece of muslin; when I turned back I missed the handkerchiefs. I jumped over the counter to shew this other person the muslin. The prisoner said the cotton would not do, and went out. I went after her and took the handkerchiefs from under her arm, under her cloak. I brought her back again. She was taken to the office in Litchfield-street.

What is the value of the handkerchiefs? - They were worth eight shillings.


I never took any thing. I had witnesses yesterday.

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

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice BULLER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

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