28th October 1812
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860. FRANCES SAGE was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 29th of September , two seals, value 5 l. and a ring, value 1 l. the property of John Baykett Jarman .

JOHN BOYKETT JARMAN . I am a goldsmith and jeweller , No. 25, in the Strand , it is between Hungerford-street and Villiers-street, in the parish of St. Martins-in-the-fields, on the 29th of September, between nine and ten o'clock at night, the prisoner came into the shop.

Q. Was any one else serving in the shop - A. None. She asked me if I could charge a ring that she had, she produced the ring. I then shewed her some rings out of the window. She looked over the rings, and then produced hers, and asked me the price of a ring which laid in the tray, I told her, two guineas.

Q. Were there any seals in that tray - A. None. She did not particularly approve of any of the rings that were there; and I in noticing her ring, seeing it so new, gave me suspicion that she had stolen it. She then asked to see an amethyst seal. I put the rings away, but became very suspicious of her, and watched her very narrowly. I shewed her the seals. She looked them over, but did not approve of any of them; and yet, from the tumbled appearance of the tray, I suspected that she had stolen one. She was going away. I stopped her, and told her I suspected she had stolen a seal, and if she would not produce it, I would send for an officer. I directed the boy to go for the constable. She then produced a seal from out of her bosom.

Q. Are you quite sure that was one of the seals that was in the tray - A. I am positive of the seal, it had the shop mark on it itself; she begged that I would let her go. I refused letting her go. I said, as she had deceived my eyes so far, I would not let her go. The watchman came and took her in custody. When the watchman laid hold of her, a ring and a seal dropped from her.

Q. Did you know these to be yours - A. I did, they had my shop mark upon them.

Q. What was the worth of these - A. They cost me about 4 l. from the manufacturer.

JOHN PITTS . I am a watchman. I was called in about ten o'clock. The young woman was in the shop. Mr. Jarman charged her with having stolen seals; after I laid hold of her, a seal and a ring fell from her bosom. Mr. Jarman said they were his property.

ISAAC PIKE . I know no more than the seals were delivered to me. I searched the prisoner, and found no money upon her. I produce them.

Prosecutor. They are mine.

Prisoner's Defence. I was so much in liquor, I did not know what I did.

Prosecutor. She was the cleverest person of that description that ever I saw.

GUILTY , DEATH , aged 17.

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

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