12th January 1820
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268. ROBERT SMITH was indicted for stealing, on the 20th of October , 48 lbs. of lead, value 8 s., the property John Wilson and William Cutbush , and fixed to a building of theirs .

SECOND COUNT, the same, only stating it to belong to Thomas Wilson , and fixed to a building of his.

JOHN WILSON. I am a builder . My brother Thomas has a house in Tyson-street, Spafields . On the 20th of October, about seven o'clock in the evening, Satchell fetched me to the house, and said he suspected some one was robbing it. I went with him and some others, and found the prisoner walking backwards and forwards before the house. I sent some men up, and they found Pig, (who was convicted the following Session) in the building. The instant he was secured I called out for them to detain the prisoner - we took them to the watch-house. We found a piece of lead thrown down, and another piece rolled up ready to be thrown down. The prisoner said at the watch-house that they had both been there on Monday previous, and taken lead, which they had sold and shared the money between them. He said he borrowed an apron at a public-house in Gray's Inn-lane to conceal it in. He was too ill to be tried last Session.

WILLIAM SATCHELL . On the 20th of October, about seven o'clock in the evening, I was standing at my door, and saw the prisoner lurking about the building - I watched him for about an hour; he remarked to several persons who passed that it was a dirty place. I went to the back of my house, heard a noise on the roof, and heard something fall through the building. I ran forward, and passed the prisoner, who made the same observation to me about the place. I saw Pig on the roof, and ran and informed Wilson. As we were walking towards the buildings the prisoner walked quickly towards us, and I said,

"There is the man who was lurking about." I left him in Wilson's custody, and went on the roof - Pig was secured in the chimney. The prisoner said at the watch-house that they had both been there on the Monday, took lead off, and sold it to a man in Portpool-lane for 8 1/2 d. An apron was found in his pocket, and a piece of paper with these words on it,

"It is time to be off." He said he gave it that night to Pig, meaning it was time to go and rob the building.

RICHARD WILSON . I was sent for, took the prisoner, and found Pig under the roof by the side of the chimney. He cried,

"Stop the old man below, he brought me here." The lead was fixed on the building. I matched it next morning.

Prisoner's Defence. A person on the premises engaged me to go with him; he said he had been assisting a plumber and wanted to fetch some cuttings. I lent him my apron, and he desired me to come into the building. I said,

"Why should I come in? I think you are after no good - it is an untimely hour." The gentlemen stopped me, and they brought Pig down, who had been stealing lead as I suspected.

GUILTY Aged 67.

Confined Six Months .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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