10th September 1823
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996. WILLIAM DAVIS was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of July , twelve pair of stockings, value 24 s. the goods of John Jackson Bridges and Richard Beeston .

RICHARD BEESTON . I am in partnership with John Jackson Bridges ; we are wholesale hosiers , and live in Wood-street. The prisoner was an occasional porter . On the 17th of July we missed a paper containing twelve pair of stockings.

ROBERT DENTON . I am in the service of the prosecutors. I was in the warehouse about six o'clock in the evening. The prisoner came to ask for employment, I told him there were no jobs for him. As he returned to the door, I thought I heard something fall from the counter; I suspected him, followed and stopped him, and asked him what he had got under his coat; he said nothing; I pulled out the parcel of stockings, and took them to Mr. Beeston, without securing the prisoner; he was taken in about an hour. I am sure it was on the counter when he was in the warehouse; he wished me not to inform the firm of it.

GEORGE GARROD . I am a draper. On the 17th of July I was in the prosecutor's warehouse, and saw the prisoner take this parcel, and informed one of the young men.

THOMAS CREWS . I am a constable. I apprehended him in a court in Fenchurch-street; he said it was about the stockings, and that he must have been drunk or mad.

(Property produced and sworn to).

Prisoner's Defence. I went there to borrow 6 d., which was refused, and I took the parcel.

GUILTY . Aged 43.

Confined Three Months .

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