2nd July 1817
Reference Numbert18170702-108
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s

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1037. GEORGE BLOXHAM was indicted for stealing, on the 10th of May , twelve pair of spectacles, value 8l., the goods of Thomas Harris and William Harris , in the dwelling-house of the said William Harris .

WILLIAM HARRIS . I am an optician , in partnership with Thomas Harris , residing in Great Russell-street, Bloomsbury . On the 10th of May, about five o'clock in the evening, I was at tea in the back-parlour next to the shop; I heard some person come in; Aldous got up and went to the window, in consequence of what he said, I went into the shop; I missed twelve pair of spectacles out of a glass-case on the counter; I had not left the shop above ten minutes; Aldous afterwards brought the prisoner back.

JOHN ALDOUS . I am apprenticed to Mr. Harris. I heard some person. I went into the shop and saw the prisoner there and Mrs. Perring, I asked the prisoner what he wanted? he asked if we wanted an errand-boy, I told him, no; I missed about a dozen pair of spectacles after he was gone; about seven o'clock, I saw him and secured him. I am sure he is the boy; Mrs. Perring did not say anything till after he was gone.

ANN PERRING . I am housekeeper to Mr. Harris's brother, I live in Hyde-street; I was coming by the window and saw the prisoner in the shop; I went in and saw his hand in a glass-case; I alarmed the house; he went out, nobody stopped him - He had his apron twisted up round him - He asked if they wanted an errand-boy - I went out. I am certain the prisoner is the boy, and that I saw his hand in the case.

Prisoner. Q. Why did not you apprehend me at the time - A. Because I did not think he was robbing the shop - I thought he had brought a job in.

SAMUEL FURZEMAN . I am a constable. I was sent for to Mr. Harris's, about seven o'clock in the evening, and took the prisoner into custody.

Prisoner's Defence. I was in Drury-lane; the boy came to me, and asked me if I knew the spectacle-maker's-shop in Russell-street - I said I did - He took me back, and the woman said it was me.

GUILTY. Aged 15.

Of stealing, to the value of 39s. only .

Transported for Seven Years .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

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