15th September 1790
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675. RICHARD RICHARDS was indicted for stealing, on the 13th of September , two metal candlesticks, value 8 s. the goods of Charles Hide .


I live at the further Red Lion, at Highgate . The prisoner came into my house, and called for a pint of beer, on Monday, the 13th of this month, about half past seven in the morning: she maid going to clean the candlesticks, missed two: and I heard of it about half past eight: the man went away as near as I can guess a little before eight.

Did you ever recover your property? - I saw it at Mr. Gray's, our constable's, the same day about half past twelve.


I am a labourer. This man came by me in Highgate: I was at the Grove: I see him lay these candlesticks by a tree; he laid down four, and laid himself by them; Joseph Baker was coming; and he got up, and ran away; and I called to Joe Baker to run after him, and stop him; he left the candlesticks there; Baker and I tied the candlesticks up in his apron, and took them to the constable, James Gray .

Did Baker overtake this man? - Yes; he took him directly.

Did you lose sight of him? - Yes; I lost sight of him, because he jumped over the pails into the road; but Joe Baker soon catched him: I am sure it is the same man that Joe Baker brought back; I can swear to him.


I am a labouring man; this old man, Kilby, desired me to pursue the prisoner; which I did, over the pales: I saw the candlesticks lay on the ground, in the Grove; and they laid till I brought the man back again to the Grove; afterwards I carried them to the constable, and delivered them to his care: I am sure that is the man.

Jury. How many pair did you see? - Two pair of candlesticks.


I am a constable: the prisoner was brought home the 13th of September, to my house; I was not at home; I was sent for, and when I came home they had taken him to the cage; and they had given the candlesticks to my wife: I was not gone from home in the whole half an hour.

(The candlesticks produced and deposed to by Mr. Hide, and by Kilby and Baker.)


I did not take any property belonging to that Gentleman.


Transported for seven years .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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