RICHARD COOK, WILLIAM WOOD.
8th July 1850
Reference Numbert18500708-1299
VerdictsGuilty > with recommendation; Guilty > unknown
SentencesImprisonment; Imprisonment

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1299. RICHARD COOK , stealing 30,000 percussion caps, value 3l.; the goods of Frederick Barnes, his master; and WILLIAM WOOD , receiving the same.

MR. PARRY conducted the Prosecution.

BENJAMIN WHITE . I keep a toy-warehouse, at 79, Hounsditch. On 19th or 20th June, Wood called on me, and offered 30,000 percussion caps for sale, at 9d. per thousand—the price of them would be 1s. 8d. or 1s. 9d. per thousand—I told him I did not want them, and as he was going away I asked if he had any more—he said he had 100,000, and I gave him a written order for 50,000—he went away, and I communicated with Mr. Barnes—on 29th he called again with a bundle of caps—I told him I was busy, but if he would leave them half an hour I would look at them—he would not leave them, but said he would come again in half an hour—I made a communication to Mr. Barnes's shopman, and directed my shopman to buy the caps, take an invoice of them, and pay for them—the prisoner said they were Barnes' caps, he had

bought a large quantity, he had offered them to Barnes' for sale, but they never bought up their own goods.

JAMES WISBY . I am Mr. White's shopman. On 29th June, about half-past two o'clock, Wood came and offered some caps to Mr. White—Mr. White told him to call again presently—I received directions from Mr. White—the prisoner came again shortly afterwards, and by Mr. White's direction I took the goods and paid him for them—I took this invoice of him (this was a invoice for 30,000 caps, at 1s, 3d., signed by Wood.)

WILLIAM GREENWOOD . I am shopman to Mr. Barnes, of 109, Fenchurch-street, ironmonger. On the side of some of these boxes of caps there is our private label, "F.B. & Co."—there are also our private marks on the parcels—the mark on one of these brown paper parcels of caps has been attempted to be erased—they are all Mr. Barnes' property—Cook was in our employ—it was his duty to pack up goods for shipment—I saw Wood at the warehouse the day before be was taken into custody—I bought some Russia mats of him, and have the invoice, dated 28th June—he might then have spoken to Cook, but I did not see him—I can, say that two of these parcels have not been sold—we do not erase our mark when we sell them—they are worth from 1s. 6d. to 2s. a thousand—Mr. White had previously purchased 20,000, worth much more.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Did you lose sight of Wood when he was at your warehouse on the 28th? A. Yes, for perhaps five minutes—the caps are kept about the middle of the shop, further in than where he was when I paid him—I do not think he could have taken them without being seen.

Woods. Q. Are you not selling them at 1s. 10d., and taking 2d. discount off? A. Not these; they are Birmingham manufacture.

BENJAMIN WHITE re-examined. 20,000 others were purchased in my absence on 22nd June, at 1s. 3d., the same price as these—I cannot say whether they were Mr. Barnes', but they had "F.B. & Co." on them.

FREDERICK BARNES . I have missed a considerable quantity of caps, just like these—these are ours.

Cross-examined. Q. How have you ascertained it? A. By taking the quantity in stock and the quantity sold—I can swear to these 20,000 as having been taken within the last five or six weeks—we do not sell many of this sort—I am sure these two parcels have not been sold.

JOSEPH DAVIS (City-policeman, 551). I took Wood on 29th—I told him I took him for selling several thousand percussion caps, knowing them to have been stolen—he said, "I never stole them; I bought them of a man named Dick in the Angel, Fenchurch-street; I should know him again"—I took him to Mr. Barne's—I told him not to point out an innocent man—he pointed out Cook, and said he was the man—on 1st July, when the prisoners had been examined and remanded, I took them to the Compter, and Cook said he would never have robbed Mr. Barnes if it had not been for a man of the name of Bennet in their employ, who had done it first.

Cross-examined. Q. What countryman are you? A. From Durham—I am sure they understood what I said—I spoke very plain—I thought it likely Wood might point out an innocent man—I did not show him Dick—I had no notion who Dick was—Mr. Greenwood, one of Mr. Barnes' men was present—I did not hear the Magistrate say he could not commit Cook on that evidence, nothing of the sort, or that it was a weak case.

MR. PARRY. Q. Had other robberies been spoken of at the Mansion House in Cook's hearing? A. Yes; and he said no doubt Mr. Barnes would

suspect him of them, but he had done nothing of the sort, he had robbed Mr. Barnes, but he would not have done it if it had not been for Bennett.

Wood's Defence. I bought the caps for 4l., at the Angel. I took then to several persons in the Minories, and they said they were not good enough for their purpose; they were Barnes' caps; I heard they were worth 1s. 3d. or 1s. 4d. I cannot swear Cook is the man I bought them of.

COOK— GUILTY . Aged 28.—Recommended to merry by the Jury and Prosecutor.

Confined Six Months.

WOOD— GUILTY . Aged 21.— Confined Twelve Months.


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