10th April 1782
Reference Numbert17820410-13
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s

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264. JOHN MOWETT was indicted, for stealing upon the 3d of April instant, thirty six pair of worsted stockings, value 45 s. the goods of Joseph Hatton , in his dwelling-house .

Joseph Hatton sworn. I keep a sale shop, and deal in stockings , on the 3d of April I lost these stockings from off the counter, on the furthest end from the door, about seven in the evening I shut the shutters, went in, and left every thing safe in the shop, I went into the back room, there is a glass door joining to the shop, I had been in a few minutes, and heard the bolt of the outside hatch go, and I saw something move, I saw the glimmering of something by the candle, I went into the shop, and saw somebody run from the door very fast, and the prisoner was within side the shop, he stepped out between me and the other that had run away, I followed him and took him by the collar, a few yards from the door, and he said, damn his eyes there he goes, pointing to the other that had run away with the stockings, I called him by his name, I knew him well, and said I would not let him go; I kept this man, the other got off, there might be six or seven dozen in the place, and there were but two left, I lost above three dozen pair at least, it was but two minutes before I left it.


I cannot say I saw the other man have the stockings, but I am sure this man was in the shop, there was only one pair droped in the street that was found afterwards, eleven pair were tied together, the others lay loose upon the place not tied up.

John Stanton . I was going by at the same time with my work, and saw Mowett go into the shop, there was nobody else with him; there was only one person with him that stood at the door, I was six or eight yards from the door, I saw him go in and he brought a bundle of stockings out, he threw them into the other's apron, I am sure they were stockings, I saw the feet of the stockings hang out of the other man's apron, and the other ran off.


I saw the gentleman come out and catch hold of the prisoner, about three doors from his own, I am sure it was him.


As I was coming from my mother's I went down Field-lane, I was going to buy a shirt, I knocked at the counter, nobody came, I walked out of the shop, the gentleman came and took hold of my collar, says he, Mowett, you have taken my stockings, I wanted to buy a shirt, I had bought a pair of stockings of him before, he said, Mowett, you have stolen my stockings; I have lately come from sea, I have no witnesses.

GUILTY 39 s.

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

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