JAMES WILLIAMS, Theft > pocketpicking, 2nd July 1817.

Reference Number: t18170702-138
Offence: Theft > pocketpicking
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Transportation
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1067. JAMES WILLIAMS was indicted for stealing, on the 24th of June , one watch, value 3l.; one chain, value 1l.; three seals, value 1l., and one key, value 2s., the goods of Richard Field Smith , from his person .

RICHARD FIELD SMITH. On the 24th of June, about half-past ten o'clock at night, I was walking by Temple-bar , and felt a jerk at my fob-my watch was gone instantly - I called out stop thief! I saw a man running from me - He was pursued and stopped in Shire-lane. I never lost sight of him.

MARK PITT . I am a law-stationer. I was standing at my door in Shire-lane, about half-past ten o'clock at night, I heard the cry of stop thief! and found the prisoner strnggling with my lodger. I secured him.

JOHN THOMAS BYRNE . I am a constable. I was at Temple-bar, and heard the cry of stop thief! I run up Shire-lane, and found the prisoner in the custody of Pitt; as we were going to the watch-house, he said, "remember, Mr. Byrne, I have not used the gentlemen ill; "he was fumbling about his pockets - I put down my hand and caught hold of the watch, which was half in and half out of his pocket; he was taking it out.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner. I picked it up.

GUILTY . Aged 28.

Transported for Life .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.


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