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<p>On the 1st of November, about seven o'clock in the evening, I and my man were in the shop, the door was then shut, and upon the latch; the prisoner, Bockerah, came, and he then put his hand in at the door, after having unlatched it, he and two or more persons rushed in and took away a piece of velveteen; there were, I believe, two more of them; I only saw their hats; I am sure Bockerah was one; he held the door quite open with his hand, and seemed to stand between me and the velveteen, so as to keep me from seeing him; he asked for a halfpenny worth of thread; he put his hand in his pocket and rattled some halfpence, and said he did not know whether he had enough to pay for what he wanted; then they took the velveteen and ran away; I did not see which way; Bockerah shut the door, and I could not get round the counter fast enough, before they went out; we took Bockerah into custody; Bockerah stood between the other men and me.</p>
<p>Mr. Peat, prisoner's counsel. How far was you from the door at the time? - About four yards.</p>
<p>Are you sure the door was latched? - Yes, I am sure, because it goes with a spring.</p>
<p>Did you look particularly at the door yourself? - No.</p>
<p>Court. When Bockerah came in, did you perceive him open the door? - Yes.</p>
<p>Mr. Peat. What did he say he wanted when he came in? - He said a halfpenny worth of brown thread.</p>
<p>Did he say any thing to the other two? - No.</p>
<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="178812100054"/>Then for ought you know he might have been a stranger to them? - Yes, he might.</p>
<p>Then after the other two went out, he staid to get his thread? - I believe he staid to keep me in.</p>
<p>You told me this moment he shut himself in; how long did he take to shut the door? - Not long, he could not get out himself, I followed him so close.</p>
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<p>On the 1st of November, I was sent for to Mr. Pinkinton's; and when I went into the room, I saw Bockerah; I went out to get assistance; and I sent for a coach and put him in, and going along the coach door was opened on the other side, and they pelted us with large stones; and going up Houndsditch, they cut the traces, and the coachman could not drive us any further; we took Bockerah out and another; the constable assisted, he was cut across the face; then I got the assistance of another, and we took him into custody; I found this velveteen at Mr. Clarke's, a pawnbroker, and have had it ever since.</p>
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<p>I was concerned in this; me, Hobbs, Bockerah, and Bell, went out at night, the 21st of November, with intent to get some money as well as we could; we were out between seven and eight, but we met with no success; then we went towards home; coming along Leadenhall-street, I met with an acquaintance of mine, near the Five Lamps; and coming home afterwards, they shewed us a roll of velveteen; I went to my own room, and then I went to Hobbs's, and found them there; Bockerah was in custody; I knew nothing of him but what they told me.</p>
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<p>I was servant to Mr. Pinkinton: between seven and eight, the first of November, the prisoner came in with the view of the purchase of a small commodity; the door was upon the latch; he opened the latch.</p>
<p>Are you sure of that? - Positive of that.</p>
<p>Did you see any body else so as to know them again? - No, I could not; I stopped Bockerah immediately.</p>
<p>Do you know any thing of the other prisoner, to your own knowledge? - No, I do not.</p>
<p>Mr. Peatt. Did you observe whether the person that went out last, shut the door? - Yes, I am positive it was shut; I was behind the counter, and took particular notice of it.</p>
<p>Was your eye upon the door the moment the latch was lifted, if opened at all? - Certainly; the door was upon the latch when he opened it.</p>
<p>Was your eye upon the latch when the latch rose, if it rose at all? - It was upon the door.</p>
<p>Was it upon the latch? - Certainly it was, at the closure of the door.</p>
<p>Did you hear the latch lift? - I heard the door open; it was opened as soon as possible.</p>
<p>Did you hear the latch lift? - I did not positively hear it, because he opened it softly.</p>
<p>Are you sure that the door was latched at the time he came? - I am positive of it, upon my oath.</p>
<persName id="t17881210-82-person561"> BENJAMIN SYMONS
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<p>I am a glass-cutter; I had been at the Turk's Head, at Aldgate, taking a pint of beer, and seeing Mr. Johnson there; a man came and wanted a coach, and called me to take up in Hanover-court, Houndsditch.</p>
<p>Court. This is the story of the rescue; that has nothing to do with the indictment.</p>
<p>Did you see Hobbs there? - Yes, I am sure he was there; I saw Hobbs and
<persName id="t17881210-82-person562"> Isaac Bell
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<p>Court. Is there any body here from the pawn broker's? - No.</p>
<p>Mr. Peatt to Abrahams. How often have
<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="178812100055"/>you been admitted evidence? - Never before.</p>
<p>How often have you been tried? - Never.</p>
<p>Mr. Peatt. My Lord, I submit, there is no evidence against Hobbs.</p>
<p>Court. I am of the same opinion.</p>
<p>I was coming by, and my coat was torn; I went in for a half-penny worth of thread; there were three men in the shop; his master asked him, says he, John, did not you see a little roll of velvet that stood there: he asked me, no, says I, I have it not; he kept me in custody.</p>
<p>The prisoner, Bockerah, called two witnesses to his character.</p>
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<p>Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.</p>
<p>Court. Let Hobbs be detained till the call over, and let the accomplice be detained to give evidence.</p>
<p>Mr. Newman. He is detained for rescuing this man.</p> </div1></div0>

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