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<persName id="t17780115-45-defend440" type="defendantName"> WILLIAM SMITH
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<interp inst="t17780115-45-off237" type="offenceSubcategory" value="grandLarceny"/> stealing a wicker basket, value 2 s. 40 lb. weight of butter, value 30 s. and a linen cloth, value 1 s. </rs> the property of
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<persName id="t17780115-45-person443"> JOHN WOODWARD
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<p>I drive Mr. Wadsworth's waggon, which comes from Newport Pagnell in Bucks. On Saturday morning, at about half an hour after two o'clock, just before I got to
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<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t17780115-45-off237 t17780115-45-crimeloc239"/>, I heard something crack on the off side of the waggon; I turned about and saw the prisoner with a flat of butter in a basket on his back; there was another man with him; the things in the waggon were tumbling about; I could not go after him; I called stop thief; a watchman picked up the basket that morning, and brought it to me; the ropes of the waggon were cut, and I missed a flat of butter.</p>
<persName id="t17780115-45-person444"> SAMUEL ROBERTS
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<p>On Saturday morning, between two and three o'clock, I heard a cry of stop thief; I met the waggoner; he said he had been robbed of a flat of butter, by a man who had run up Giltspur-street; I pursued the prisoner; he ran down Snow-hill; he was stop'd by a watchman in Turnagain-lane; I did not see any thing upon him at that time.</p>
<p>[The watchman deposed that he stop'd the prisoner.</p>
<p>The constable produced a knife which he found on the prisoner when he searched him.</p>
<p>The watchman who found the basket did not appear.]</p>
<p>I know nothing of the matter.</p>
<p>The prisoner called three witnesses who gave him a good character.</p>
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<p>Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.</p>
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<note>[Imprisonment. See summary.]</note> </rs> </p> </div1></div0>

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