14th September 1785
Reference Numbert17850914-29
VerdictGuilty > theft under 5s

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753. JOHN BLOMBERG was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 24th of August , one man's linen shirt, value 8 s. the property of Roger Evans , John Evans , and William Evans , privily in their shop .


I live at Wapping.

Who are you in partnership with? - Roger and John Evans , on the 24th of August last, the prisoner came in to look at some white shirts, I shewed him two papers of plain ones, he then wished to look at some ruffled ones; while our young man Thomas Edwards was opening a paper to shew him some, and I was making up a parcel which could not take me more than half a minute, I turned round, when I came to look at the prisoner, he had a shirt under his waistcoat, and I saw the mark hanging to the tail of it, which hung behind his waistcoat, as soon as he saw my eyes fixed on the shirt, he immediately ran out of the shop, I desired Thomas Edwards to pursue him.


On the 24th of August, between seven and eight, the prisoner came into our shop and desired to see some white shirts, I shewed him two papers, he then desired to see some ruffled ones, I shewed him some, he then asked the price, and immediately ran out of the shop; Mr. Evans said, he had a shirt under his coat, and desired me to pursue him which I did, and overtook him, he ran about thirty yards, and one of the witnesses attempted to seize him, but he immediately struck him down, he ran a few yards further, and seeing another man ready to seize him, threw the shirt from him, I saw the shirt taken up and delivered to Mr. Evans, it was given to Mr. William Evans by a stranger.

(The shirt produced and sworn to value 8 s.)


Between seven and eight I heard the cry of stop thief! at Mr. Evans's door, I turned round and saw a man run up to me.

I tried to catch at him, and he struck me down.

JOHN COOK sworn.

As I was coming from my work between seven and eight, I saw the prisoner and seized him, I never quitted him till I brought him to the prosecutor's shop.

The Prisoner called six witnesses who gave him a very good character.

Mr. Garrow. Did you search this man when he was taken? - No.

Do you know whether he had any money in his pocket when he was taken? - I cannot tell.

GUILTY, 4 s. 10 d.

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice ASHURST.

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