JOHN SMITH, Theft > grand larceny, 7th April 1813.

Reference Number: t18130407-135
Offence: Theft > grand larceny
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Miscellaneous > fine
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479. JOHN SMITH was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 19th of February , four bushels, of wheat, value 3 l. the property of William Townshend and Samuel Lovejoy .

WILLIAM TOWNSHEND . I am a farmer ; I live at Cowling ; my partners name is Samuel Lovejoy . On the 19th of February, I lost about a sack of wheat from the barn; a board had been taken down, and the barn entered, and wheat taken away from the heap. After I lost the wheat, I got a search warrant, and searched the prisoner's house; his wife, and a child, were at home, and is lodger; the prisoner was not at home. We found about two bushels and a half of wheat in the inner room; a man was in the room, he ran away. Mr. Murray, the constable, took the prisoner about noon. The prisoner then said, the wheat was mine, he had got in the barn, and took it out.

CHARLES MURRAY . I am a constable. On the 2nd of March, I went to the prisoner's house with a search warrant. I found this wheat in a sack. There were two rooms in the prisoner's house, and a bed in each room. The wheat was in the lodger's room I should think. A man came out of the room and run away. The prisoner was brought to me at the public-house.

Prisoner's Defence. I told the truth before the magistrate, and I was to be admitted an evidence.

GUILTY , aged 27.

Fined 1 s. and discharged.

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

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