16th June 1851
Reference Numbert18510616-1246
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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1246. MARY SMITH , stealing 11 handkerchiefs, value 10s.; the goods of George Emery and another.

MR. ROBINSON conducted the Prosecution.

HENRYWHITE. I am in the service of George Emery and another, drapers, of 43, Farringdon-street. On 3rd June the prisoner came to the shop—the shop-walker told me to watch her—she bought some stockings—she asked to look at some handkerchiefs—after looking at them for a considerable time, I saw her draw a large parcel of handkerchiefs towards her, close to the edge of the counter—(there is a rim to the counter, about three inches high, to prevent things dropping off)—she threw a handkerchief over one hand, concealing the other handkerchiefs with it, which she drew away with the other hand, and concealed them in her lap—I was in the window, which is a little elevated, and had a full view of the counter—Davis was serving her—I informed the shop-walker—he went up to her, and said, "What do you want here? what are you after?"—she drew her chair, and the handkerchiefs dropped on the floor—these are them (produced)—they were folded, and in a wrapper, which did not come into her lap—they are worth 10s.

Cross-examined by MR. WOOLLETT. Q. How many assistants are there? A. Thirteen, I think—it was between 12 and 1 o'clock in the day—there may have been five or six persons in the shop—a lady was looking at goods at a little distance—she looked at these handkerchiefs previous to the prisoner.

WILLIAM DAVIS . I am in the prosecutor's employ. On 3rd June the prisoner came, and asked to look at some stockings—she bought two pairs, and asked to look at some white pocket-handkerchiefs—I brought them from the next customer to her—she bought one, and I saw her look at the others—Connor came and told me something.

Cross-examined. Q. You did not see her remove anything?A. No.

FREDERICK CONNOR . I am in the service of Messrs. Emery, as shop-walker. On 3rd June the prisoner came—I knew her before, and informed White—he shortly afterwards spoke to me, and I went up to the prisoner, and said, "Halloo, what are you after here?"—she moved, and the handkerchiefs dropped on the ground—she picked them up and threw them on the counter, saying, "Here are some handkerchiefs," or something of that sort—White said, "I saw her take them"—she denied it, and was given into custody.

ELIZA PRICE . I am the wife of a policeman. I searched the prisoner, and found on her two Police Gazettes, one sovereign, a half-crown, five shillings, and twopence halfpenny—I asked her address—she declined to give it.


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