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<persName id="t17811205-52-defend578" type="defendantName"> JOSEPH WYNN , otherwise
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<interp inst="t17811205-52-off277" type="offenceSubcategory" value="grandLarceny"/> stealing, upon the
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<join result="offenceCrimeDate" targOrder="Y" targets="t17811205-52-off277 t17811205-52-cd278"/> last, a piece of Irish linen cloth, containing 47 yards, the value of 50 s. </rs> the goods of
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<persName id="t17811205-52-person582"> WILLIAM FREER
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<p>I am a
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<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t17811205-52-off277 t17811205-52-crimeloc280"/>, I bought two pieces of linen of a sort, I left them amongst others on the counter, and went out; when I came back I was told one was stolen.</p>
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<p>I heard an alarm in the shop, by a dog which we have, and when I went into the shop, I missed a piece of cloth, and I went to the door, and I saw the man with it under his arm; I knew that cloth had been laying on the counter; there was nobody in the shop; I was in the back room behind it; there were two pieces, both alike in quality, but of a different length; I missed one, and saw the man with it under his arm, about three doors off; I pursued the prisoner into the next street to us; I called
<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="178112050080"/> stop thief, he threw it down in the middle of Princes-street, and I went and picked it up and came home, people pursued him, and brought him back. I am sure the man that was brought back, is the man that took the piece of cloth.</p>
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<p>I saw the prisoner come out of the shop, with a piece of cloth under his arm; I am clear of that, and the dog making a barking, and taking hold of his coat, I kept by him, and had not my eye off him; I thought it odd he made no reply to the dog worrying him; I saw the woman come out, and heard her cry stop thief; he dropt the cloth and run away; I did not loose sight of him at all, I pursued while he was taken; a constable met him, and I went up to his assistance, and several more; I am clear it is the same man; I saw his face as he was coming out of the shop.</p>
<persName id="t17811205-52-person585"> JOHN EDWARDS
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<p>I am a constable, this cloth was delivered to me by Mrs. Freer.</p>
<p>To Mrs. Freer. Was that cloth you delivered to the constable, the same as you picked up and brought back? - Yes, I am certain of it.</p>
<p>To Edwards. Is that the same you received from her? - Yes, I marked it.</p>
<p>I was going up the court that leads from Bridges-street to Drury-lane, a narrow passage, the man met me and said, it is my opinion you stole the cloth, and they brought me back to the house, and they asked her if I was the person, she said, she believed I was the person.</p>
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<join result="defendantPunishment" targOrder="Y" targets="t17811205-52-defend578 t17811205-52-punish282"/> To be confined to hard labour for twelve months in the house of correction </rs>.</p>
<p>Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.</p> </div1></div0>

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