17th September 1800
Reference Numbert18000917-47
SentenceNo Punishment > sentence respited

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644. JAMES GARDNER was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 30th of August , forty yards of flannel, value 44s. the property of William Towns , in his dwelling-house .

WILLIAM TOWNS sworn. - I keep a hosier's shop , in Oxford-street : On Saturday the 30th of August, between eight and nine in the evening, I lost a whole piece of flannel from my shop, I had seen it not five minutes before I missed it; we were very busy, as we generally are on a Saturday; myself, my wife and servant were in the shop at the time; I was serving some stockings, and Mrs. Towns was serving some stockings; the moment I missed the flannel, I jumped over the counter, ran right across the other side of the street, and saw the prisoner; I caught hold of him about fifty or sixty yards from my own door, with the flannel in his arms; I brought him back with the property, and from there took him to the watch-house, and gave charge of him to the watch-house keeper; it cost me one shilling and ten-pence a yard, it is a whole piece; they generally are from forty to forty-seven yards, but sometimes they run short; I value it at one shilling a yard; I am sure it is my flannel.

Prisoner's defence. A woman told me, if I would carry that to the stage, at Swallow-street, she would give me sixpence, and I had not carried it far, before the gentleman laid hold of me.

GUILTY of stealing goods, to the value of 39s .

Judgement respited .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice LE BLANC.

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